For the past few years, Lebanon's agriculture sector has faced several challenges. These include competition by neighboring countries, harsh weather conditions and the closure of borders, impeding exports.
Now, farmers in southern Lebanon have, in addition to the challenges listed above, been suffering from damage to their fields and orchards caused by wild boars.
Fadwa Ghida, a farmer from Hasbaya in the eastern sector of south Lebanon, told Xinhua she has been waiting for months to harvest a large amount of her cowpeas and broad beans from her field adjacent to the Hasbani River. Unfortunately, her field was invaded with a herd of boars and her crops were destroyed.
Ghida said that pigs destroyed her field and deprived her from the proceeds of selling her crops which are estimated at about 2,000 U.S. dollars. She added that the number of wild boars on the borders in the south have remarkably increased and they have destroyed 90 percent of her crops.
Hunting in border region prohibited by UN Interim Force
Farmer Bassel Kadri said that Lebanese security forces and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon prohibit hunting on the borders while adding that his corn orchard in Halta was totally destroyed by pigs in just three nights.