A previous version of this article mistakenly referred to Elsa El Hachem as a psychology lecturer. She is a sociology lecturer. The Daily Star regrets this error.
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Paul Akl asked, clasping in his hand a dark red apple covered in rough brown blemishes.Akl, an apple farmer by inheritance, said many have nowhere to go.Like many other Lebanese apple farmers, Akl has been struggling with crop wastage, an issue locally known as the "apple crisis".A change in winter snow cover from more than 10 meters in previous years, to about a fifth of that now, was a major cause of the trouble, Akl said. The 28-year-old agricultural engineer has for two years been producing cider from the fruits the farmers can't otherwise sell.As the business grows, Njeim said that roughly 170 farmers are benefiting from it.Akl added that there was practically no demand for small, blemished or otherwise unwanted apples.Just down the road from Akl's farm, Elsa Khoury, a psychology lecturer at the Lebanese University, is brewing the apples into something a little boozier than the low-alcohol cider.
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