12 Jan

Olive harvesting device a boon to farmers – or is it?

By Maher Zeineddine, CHOUF: A new harvesting tool on the market is making the lives of Lebanese olive farmers much easier amid a record-breaking harvest season. While most farmers continue to harvest their olive crops in the traditional fashion – either by climbing a ladder and picking the olives off one by one, or by […]

05 Jan

Lebanon olive farmers benefit from U.S. support

Beirut- The United States is helping unemployed people in Lebanon get temporary agricultural harvesting jobs aimed at helping them rapidly restore their communities and resume sustainable economic activity following recent conflict. In one example of support provided under the Humanitarian Assistance for Lebanon — or HAL — initiative, an olive harvesting project was launched in […]

13 Dec

Autumn Olives the latest cancer fighter

ISLAMABAD: Add another food to the list of those that can help fight off cancer. Called autumn olives, the berries have tremendously high levels of lycopene, which is supposed to help prevent cancer, according to an article. The berries have up to 17 times more lycopene than tomatoes. The berries look and taste a little […]

12 Dec

Olive-pressing residue contaminates rivers, ponds

by Mohammed Zaatari, SOUTH LEBANON: Now that the harvesting season for olives has begun in earnest, owners of olive mills in South Lebanon have taken to throwing residue from the pressing process into riverbeds and ponds, without regard for the severe damage they are inflicting on the environment. This residue – the juice and excess […]

25 Nov

Iran appointed to head international high council on olive

The 94th international meeting on olive oil, which opened here in Spanish capital three days ago, appointed Iran as the president of ‘Olive International High Council’. In a ceremony attended by representatives from 13 member states and those recently joining the council, Davoud Salehi, Iran’s ambassador to Spain took over from Egypt as the council’s […]