Men plant a carob tree during the first stage of a project in Oreites, near Paphos on November 26, 2017. (AFP / Isabelle WESSELINGH)
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Nearly 6,000 carob trees were planted on Sunday in Cyprus as the Mediterranean island seeks to revive its tradition of producing "black gold".In three or four years, these trees could produce 10,000 tonnes annually of carob, which is used to make syrup, a sweetening agent or in animal feed.That represents around one fifth of the carob produced on the island at its peak in the early 20th century.The university project, carried out in collaboration with Cyprus' Agricultural Research Institute, aims to produce carob food, drinks and other items locally.
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