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North farmers protest, say tougher to export to Arab world
A farmer collects potatoes as her son watches during a harvest in Khiam valley, southern Lebanon.
A farmer collects potatoes as her son watches during a harvest in Khiam valley, southern Lebanon.
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BEIRUT: Potato and citrus farmers held a protest Saturday in the northern city of Tripoli over increasing difficulties in exporting their produce to the Arab world, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The farmers held a sit-in outside the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and urged officials to find a quick solution to their problem.

“Roads are closed to trucks that carry our produce and we cannot afford the costs of exporting them by sea,” said Hussein Rifai, the head of the Potato Farmers Association in Akkar.

Rifai warned of further protests and threatened that farmers would hold sit-ins across Lebanon.

Lebanese farmers have been facing difficulties in exporting products because of the closure of the borders with Syria.

The Lebanese Farmers Association has repeatedly called on authorities to take active steps to allow Lebanese trucks to cross the Syrian border and have accused the Agriculture Ministry of mishandling the issue.

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