Gazans help save Israeli fruit

Huge quantities of fruit that had to be picked early due to the cold spell in Israel have been sold to Gazans.

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February 20, 2008 09:13

Huge quantities of fruit that had to be picked early due to the cold spell in Israel have been sold to Gazans, the Israel Fruit Growers Association said Tuesday. Two hundred tons of fruit have been entering the Gaza Strip daily and 2,000 tons have been transferred so far, the association said. The cold wave has stunted the growth of fruit, necessitating that it be plucked and sold quickly. The Israeli market is ill equipped to absorb such quantities of produce, the association said. The majority of the deliveries have consisted of bananas and avocados, association president Ilan Eshe said. The cold spell has caused NIS 390 million in damages, he said, with banana growers losing NIS 220m. and avocado farmers suffering NIS 102m. in damages.


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