File - A worker picks apples in Kfar Zebian, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The government needs to take some practical measures to shore up Lebanon's ailing apple production, the farmers' association said Tuesday as north Lebanon growers complained about their inability to sell their produce at reasonable prices.Apple growers in Akkar have also argued that the government ought to subsidize pesticides, while securing an internal and external market for their produce.Fakhri explained that farmers were not very aware about markets abroad, which prompted them to sell their apples at any price.Fakhri said that Lebanon exported 70 percent of its apple produce to Egypt.Farmers interviewed by The Daily Star have also complained about Agri Plus, a program established by the Investment Development Authority in Lebanon (IDAL) and announced by the Cabinet to promote the Lebanese agricultural sector.Itani said it was possible that farmers were complaining nowadays as a result of Agri Plus' having delayed its payment to merchants, due to the lack of money from the Finance Ministry.
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