Alman’s citrus farmers are grappling with low demand and low prices. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Lebanon's once "golden" fruits are now destined for the trash, farmers claim, after the impact of the Syrian crisis cut export overland routes to the region. Near the Awali River in south Lebanon, citrus farmer Youssef rushed from tree to tree picking clementines with his workers.The study also stated that farmers resorted to cutting down citrus trees and planting bananas instead, due to what citrus farmers say is higher regional demand for the crop and lower production costs, compared to the high production cost and a low selling price for citrus.Although the small oranges are priced slightly higher than lemons, with a difference of LL2,000 per kilogram, there is less demand for the fruit, the farmer said.Along the coastal roads, many vendors set up stalls to sell citrus fruits – lemons, clementines, oranges and mandarins.
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