A woman picks apples in Tannourine, north Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Fathi Masri)
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Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb said Tuesday that Lebanese apple farmers might have the chance to export their produce to Jordan by the end of October to alleviate their burdens.Chehayeb said the overall situation in the region, including the closure of Lebanon's border with Syria and climate change have all negatively impacted apple farmers in Lebanon.He said that the Lebanese government must rely on donors to buy Lebanese produce and distribute it to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and outside Lebanon, a demand made by some farmers.Chehayeb had announced Monday a decision that would block companies from importing certain produce without prior approval, in an apparent response to demands by the local apple farmers struggling to sell their products.
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