Protest slams lack of govt support for farming

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BEIRUT: Farmers in South Lebanon organized Thursday a sit-in in Shabriha area to complain about the government’s lack of support for the agriculture sector in the south.

Protesters held signs reading “Support the agricultural exports, what will be the destiny of farmers?”

They called upon the government to assume its responsibilities toward this sector, saying that one third of the Lebanese population makes its living out of agriculture.

Hani Safieddine, head of the farmers association in the south, asked the government to support the export of agriculture products, mainly bananas, strawberries and citrus by $200 per ton to enable Lebanese farmers compete with worldwide prices.

Safieddine has also called upon the government to sign trade agreements and approve on some customs facilities in order to facilitate the export of Lebanese produce to new markets.

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