File - People use sticks to harvest their olive trees during an olive picking day in the southern village of Hilta, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The Olive Oil Collection Center launched Wednesday in the south Lebanon village of Tayr Filsey, the culmination of a project to boost the industry and promote exports.In addition to improving the situation of olive farmers in the south, and developing and enhancing the production of olive oil, the center also aims to develop new markets for the oil, according to Minister of State Nabil de Freij.The minister added that a road map must be created for the olive oil sector, with a plan for the product to compete in international markets.Olive oil is one of Lebanon's most important agricultural products according to EU ambassador Angelina Eichhorst.
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