A combine harvester works in a wheat field in Kefraya, in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
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Wheat farmers in Lebanon are waiting for the government to decide their compensation for last year's harvest after the Cabinet failed to meet over how much to pay them. The Economy Ministry is considering paying about 500 wheat farmers who registered for support at least $100 per cultivated dunum (0.247 acre) for any production that wasn't sold last year, according to Hasan Hammoud, head of the ministry's department of supply and production. National wheat production has been steady for the last three years at 140,000 tons, well below demand of 825,000 tons for the marketing year ended in June, according to estimates of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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