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Israeli date growers on Tuesday called on the Agricultural Ministry to convince Egyptian authorities to allow exports of palm fronds from the El-Arish region of the northern Sinai Peninsula ahead of the Sukkot holiday.
Egypt has sought to curtail or halt the export of the palm fronds, or lulavim, from the region - appreciated in Israel for their relative lack of disease - citing concerns that detaching them was causing damage to date crops.
Date farmer representative David Marom also called on Israeli farmers to do their best to provide the demand for palm fronds - estimated at 500,000 this year - and warned that importing diseased fronds from elsewhere could wipe out Israeli date crops.
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