West Bank’s farmers demand creating external markets for olive oil

[ PIC 16/09/2012 - 02:42 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A number of farmers in the West Bank demanded to find external markets for olive oil, with the coming olive season, and stop importing other olive oil from abroad.

Talal Chacour, a farmer from Assira village, told PIC’s correspondent that some farmers still reserve quantities of last year’s production of olive oil as a result of the absence of external markets and the low price of oil during the last season.

He pointed out that creating olive oil markets and preventing the authority from importing rival kinds of oil would raise the price of olive oil, thus may lead to taking more care of the lands and strengthening the steadfastness of the Palestinian farmers who have been suffering from settlements and price hikes.

The farmers in the West Bank have been complaining that some influential people in PA and greedy traders import large quantities of other kinds of oil during the olive harvest, and exploit the farmers’ inability to sell their production in external markets.


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