A woman harvests olives in the village of Deddeh in Lebanon's Koura district north of the capital Beirut, on October 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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The Fouani family in the town of Amioun in the northern district of Koura is busy these days preparing for the olive harvesting season, long seen as the main source of the region's wealth in the good old days.The Fouanis are just an example of families involved in olive harvesting in about 50 towns and villages in the Qada of Koura which has gained the title of "Green Koura" named after its olive trees.There are more than 200,000 olive trees, stretching on 82 percent of Koura's territory, or 25 percent of Lebanon's agricultural land, thus ensuring a big portion of the country's olive output. However, what has been known as the "golden age" for Koura's olive oil industry appears to be coming to an end due to its heavy costs and also with many landlords and farmers abandoning the olive orchards. Despite some efforts made by the Agriculture Ministry, landlords and the civil society to develop the olive sector and market its oil, the extinction age prevailed over the golden age".He cited several factors which, he said, have negatively affected the olive oil industry in Koura. Zein said the olive oil industry in Koura is deep-rooted, dating back to before Christ.
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