The Olive Oil Collection Center launched Wednesday in the south Lebanon village of Tayr Filsey, the culmination of a project to boost the industry and promote exports. The event was organized by Socio-Economic Support for Olive Oil Growers in South Lebanon Project, within the framework of the European Union-funded Afkar III Program, which is managed by the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform.
The launch took place in the presence of numerous officials and local community members.
In addition to improving the situation of olive farmers in the south, and developing and enhancing the production of olive oil, the center also aims to develop new markets for the oil, according to Minister of State Nabil de Freij.
“What’s more important is that it [serves] as a suitable model to be implemented on the national level.”
The minister added that a road map must be created for the olive oil sector, with a plan for the product to compete in international markets.
Olive oil is one of Lebanon’s most important agricultural products according to EU ambassador Angelina Eichhorst.
“Olive trees [cover] 5.4 percent of Lebanon’s territory, according to the latest results of a study conducted by the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon,” Eichhorst said, adding that this constitutes 8 percent of all the agricultural land in Lebanon.Lebanon Olive Oil project to boost the industry and promote exports,