Syrian workers harvest potatoes in Wazzani, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Potato farmers Thursday called on the government to compensate them for last season's losses due to stormy weather while urging for a halt to imports to prevent foreign-grown spuds from flooding the local market.It will create a catastrophe for these farmers who suffered two days ago from their own disaster after a storm battered their fields," the president of the LFA Antoine Howayek said in a statement carried by the NNA.He said 12,000 tons of Egyptian potatoes arrived at the Port of Beirut Wednesday night, accusing the government of violating an agreement which permits Egypt to export only 50,000 tons of potatoes to the country.
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