By Sami Zaptia.
London, 28 May 2021:
Gharian Municipality announced yesterday that it is studying a plan to plant one million olive trees and 500,000 almond trees.
Gharian, located in the Western/Nefusa Mountains about an hour and a half and 100 km south of the capital Tripoli, is known for its favourable soil for olive trees and almond nuts and quality of its olive oil.
The development announcement by the Municipality follows on from news that its locally produced olive oil has won three international prizes for quality this year – in Germany, Japan and Italy.
The Municipality reported that its development plan comes within the framework work to develop its agricultural sector, especially the cultivation of olive and almond trees and the production of high quality olive oil, and after the positive results of its locally produced olive oils in several international competitions.
Diversification and local jobs and incomes
The Municipality said the plan is one of the major economic diversification targets to bring about development and local income. It hopes citizens can benefit directly with large financial returns and the plan can contribute to the revitalization of a large service sector. It hoped the plan can also help preserve agricultural lands, preferring to cultivate them with olives and nut trees because of their significant economic and environmental impact.
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