Israeli Crimes Against Farmers Cause 60% Deficit in Olive Production

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Over the last few years, Israel leveled 20,000 dunums of land, on which over half a million olive trees were planted, Alray reports. 

“The coming season's production will see a deficit by 60%,”

Deputy Director General of Guidance Department, Fathi Abu Shamala, said Tuesday.  This year’s deficit is even more severe than the 2012 season's.

The Ministry of Agriculture initially expected 10,000 tons of olives from the 2013 olive harvest season in Gaza.  Abu Shamala explained that “the Israeli leveling of 20,000 dunums of land areas planted with half a million trees during the last few years created a decline in olive production.”

 36,500 dunums (36500,000 square meters) of land are planted with olive trees, but only 21,000 dunums will produce olives; the other 15,000 dunums are non-productive due to being newly planted. The 2013 harvest season will begin on 1st of October.

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