Greenhouses damaged during a storm in Ain al-Mir, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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By the time "Windy" – the third consecutive storm to hit Lebanon since early January – subsides, Lebanon's greenhouse, citrus and banana farmers will have lost about a third of their annual agricultural produce, industry experts told The Daily Star.Ramiz Osseiran, head of the Farmers Association in south Lebanon, told The Daily Star that close to 30 percent of greenhouse-grown vegetables across Lebanon were destroyed so far this year, warning that the current storm will damage another 40 percent of what is left from this quarter's harvest. The combined losses incurred by farmers since January are estimated at an average $1,000 per 1,000 square meters of greenhouses, Osseiran said, noting that the calculations exclude the potential damages to be inflicted by storm Windy.
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