File - Syrian workers harvest potatoes in Wazzani, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Lebanon's agricultural future is under imminent danger due to the shortage of Syrian laborers who cultivate and harvest the crops, farmers warned Monday."Workers cannot afford to pay such a sum of money because [it is the equivalent of] half their monthly salary while they usually come to Lebanon to work only for two or three months per year," he added.His views were echoed by the head of the Lebanese Farmers Association Antoine Howayek, who told The Daily Star that some farmers do not have the means to guarantee Syrian workers or to be responsible for them throughout the year. Osseiran argued that this was the only solution for the time being, adding that the farmers may be compelled to hire Lebanese workers at a higher cost to make up for the decline in the number of Syrian laborers.
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