The price of Lebanon’s green gold rose to one and a half million pounds per tin, due to the decline in production to nearly 65 percent. This year’s season is scarce compared to last year, and the olives feature a good year and another “as good as the case”, which means that olives will not filter enough oil to meet the market’s need, which led to an increase in its price at the beginning of the season, according to Abu Muhammad, who started the harvest season. He has it at the beginning of October, so that he collects what he has of Syrian labor to work with him on the basis of two-thirds for him and one-third for them, which is a profitable base for Syrian workers and reduces the profit rate for the farmer who faces a basket of challenges with the olive season, starting with the high cost of labor, the wages of the mill, the cost of loading, fertilizers And medicines for diseases, especially Ain al-Tawos, all of which push the direction of raising the price of tin, as well as the price of olives for pickles and pickles.
Like olives, the Lebanese situation needs to be compacted, and like the Lebanese situation, the olive season is experiencing its worst days. The olives, which are Lebanon’s oil, have declined a lot, even though the oil tank has exceeded nearly one and a half million, due to the high cost of labor and diesel, in addition to the diseases that afflict it, thus harming the season.
And just as olives are bitter, people’s livelihood is more bitter, so that soaking them with water and salt will not sweeten it as long as the cancerous gland of corruption and greed spreads within it.
Olives have always been a proverb, and its season constitutes a family union, and its harvest needs a great deal of assistance, punctuated by megana, off, reproach and fatigue. Likewise, the country needs a comprehensive political union to lift people out of the predicament of poverty.
Since before the crises that began to emerge ten years ago, people’s conditions were easy, and the situation of olives was the same. The olive farms were in a comfortable situation, and their production was as well, as the dunam produces about 10 tanks, the price of each was a hundred dollars, unlike these days the season with the dropper, and a tree One carrier and another that barely yields 10 kilos, and this leads to a decline in the season, which farmers consider to be the worst and bemoan the season, especially in the desperate need for a prosperous season to generate money for the farms.
With the beginning of October, the olive harvest journey begins in the fields of Nabatiyeh, days extending from dawn until sunset, during which hands race to harvest. It was most said that olives were the season of the family, and it was characterized by the gathering of families in the olive groves, where the roles were divided between the “sprinkler” of the branches, the gathering of grain and the picking on top of the tree, but the family was scattered like the grains, and the season became in need of working hands, most of them Syrian, whose daily is not less than 120 thousand Pounds, after it was a family Friday that the family awaits annually.
The good seasons have receded, as Lebanon’s oil is suffering under harsh conditions. The trees are not “pregnant” and the season is not good, not to mention the high cost of caring for it, due to the high prices of fertilizers and anti-peacock eye medicines that infect olives and damage grains, in addition to the desalination and the machine needs diesel and its price is high, all This pushes the cost of a tank of oil to rise, the price of which does not satisfy the farmer, but rather he believes that it must reach 2.5 million to cover his labor and costs.
In the fields, the people began spreading to harvest olives. Everyone is complaining about the decline in the season and the limited production, as farmers believe that this year’s production will not meet the needs of the market, especially with the shrinkage of the areas planted with olives as a result of the expansion of the cement areas at their expense, and today the citizen is paying the price for his wrong decisions and choices. In light of the intensification of the economic crisis and high prices, agriculture entered the line of aid for many, and with the loss of a large part of their land, most of them bite their teeth in regret, because time, in the opinion of olive growers, today is the time of agriculture, and there is no salvation for Lebanon except through this sector, so they are plucking what they can From trees, to benefit from the production of oil, which is no less important than the dollar, as it is very profitable if the season is abundant, and the production varies from one field to another, according to what the farmer Abu Mahmoud, who set out on a trip to pick his olive vineyards a week ago, even if he was waiting for rain Rain to yield more love and filter more oil, according to the farmers’ theory, otherwise the oil will not be abundant.
Inside the mill, you learn about the suffering of the farmer Abu Muhammad, who worked a whole year to take care of his olives and paid huge sums of money in exchange for medicines and fertilizers, but it only brought him 200 kilos, unlike last year, when his production reached 800 kilos, which is a big setback for him, especially since he relied on Oil to compensate for the loss, but even oil is scarce. He attributes the reason to climatic fluctuations and the heat wave that Lebanon witnessed last May, the season of holding olive kernels, which caused them to fall to the ground.
A major setback has beenfallen the season this year, Abu Yousef says, as the olives did not filter abundant oil because they were not saturated with rain, which led to the drying of the grains. He regrets the absence of full support for the farmer and his awareness of diseases, despite some lectures on olive diseases organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, but they are not sufficient. What the farmer needs is field awareness about diseases and support with fertilizers and medicines whose prices have hit the dollar. It is not considered that a tin of olives is expensive because it does not pay for medicines, fertilizers and fatigue. He added that the citizen is not used to prices, so if we compare it with $1,500, its price is less than a hundred dollars.
Like all sectors, olives face many challenges. They did not receive much support to develop them and increase the cultivated areas so that Lebanon could export, especially since the Lebanese olive oil is one of the best types of oils and is included in the pharmaceutical industries. However, in Lebanon, neglect is a master in everything, even the disposal of production faces difficulty, as there are no markets. him, and this, if it indicates anything, indicates that the farmer defies difficulties to preserve his crop because it is his only support, but the state is free from it. When will the Ministry of Agriculture have an active role and the farmer will feel that he is supported and not “invited”?