File - A Syrian worker harvests potatoes in Wazzani, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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In the past, the Akkar Valley's fertile soil has been a blessing for farmers, its agricultural land particularly suited for growing potatoes.The export market for potatoes has declined and replacement buyers have not been found.It is believed that Lebanese products cannot compete in the Syrian market, where prices tend to be lower.Mounib Meraabani, head of the Vegetable Market Traders, explained that the problem is not confined to farmers' inability to sell potatoes. "Maybe a similar factory should be built here in the north, so the crisis of selling potato products would end," Meraabani explained.He also suggested looking at what Turkey has done to boost its agricultural products, by offering incentives to its farmers.
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