A worker carries apples in bucket in Kfar Zebian, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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"We need to find proper and sustainable solutions for this sector within four to six weeks to be able to benefit at least from the coming apple season," said Asad al-Hashem, deputy mayor of Aqoura.His remarks came at a meeting for farmers and mayors from 40 villages at ATCL in Kaslik to discuss challenges facing apple production. Aqoura's Mayor Mansour Wehbeh reiterated Hashem's demands by urging the United Nations to purchase the season's harvest for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.He said that farmers need to have a national fund to protect them against natural disasters in addition to a strategy aimed at protecting apple production.
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