Minister Raed Khoury received this morning a delegation of wheat farmers syndicate
Minister of Economy and Trade, Raed Khoury, received this morning a delegation of wheat farmers syndicate headed by the Chief of Syndicate Khaled Shuman in the presence of the General Director of Grains and Sugar Beet, Hanna El Amil. Discussions tackled the wheat cultivation conditions and the problems that wheat growers suffer from.
At the end of the visit, Shuman said: we urged Minister Khoury to support the wheat cultivation whom he is the best supporter for us at the Council of Ministers. Hence, all we want is to refer the wheat support matter during the first council meeting whereof wheat support price shall be 590 Lebanese pounds per ton, as promised by the Minister, provided that this issue shall be agreed upon for the coming years so that wheat growers can be able to act according to this price.
In addition, Shuman thanked Minister Khoury for his understanding to the condition of growing wheat.
On his turn, Minister Khoury said: we met the wheat growers, listened to their demands and claims and we promised them to settle this issue pursuant to relevant regulations and laws. Furthermore, we will proceed to pay the farmers compensations as from Monday, on March 13th, 2017 to be paid by installments, whereof each batch shall be for 75 growers located in the Bekaa governorate while the second batch will encompass the North and South governorates. The compensation value shall be 120 Lebanese pounds per dunam that has been proven to be cultivated based on the cropland as determined by the National Council for Remote Sensing. As for the second batch of the completed applications, it will be sent to the Audit Bureau next week while the third and last batch to be sent later on when accomplished
Moreover, Minister Khoury stressed that the Ministry is keen to receive the crops for 2017 and consequently, has taken the necessary procedures. The Minister also undertook to discuss this issue next week during the Council meeting in order to buy the crop against 590 Lebanese pounds per ton annually as usual because what really matters to us is belonging to the land, for agriculture is essential to enable the farmers to keep going.