Within his tour of the Bekaa factories and plants on Sunday, Minister of Industry Imad Hoballah visited the Marina Factory for Frozen Potatoes in the town of Nassrieh in the Zahle District, accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture and Culture, Abbas Mortada, Deputy Hussein Hajj Hassan, and the Vice President of the Idal Foundation Alaa Hamieh, where they were received by the Bekaa Farmers’ Association Head and Member of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Zahle, Ibrahim Al-Tarshishi, in the presence of MPs Salim Aoun, George Okais, Michel Daher, Anwar Joumaa, and Ihab Hamadeh, and Head of the Industrialists’ Group in the Bekaa Nicolas Abu Faisal, alongside various other economic dignitaries and industrialists from the region.
In his word after touring the factory, Hoballah said: “The plan that the government put in place is important and its goal is to support the farmer, the industrialist, and the Lebanese citizen in general, to get out of the crisis.”
“The demands that I hear are the same and are repeated from one region to another. The message is clear and explicit, the support was cut off; this region offers great advantages, not only agricultural, industrial and touristic. The region needs its rights solely, while providing its human capabilities, leaders, industrialists and farmers,” Hoballah added.
He disclosed that 440 billion Lebanese pounds of the 1,200 billion Lebanese pounds secured for industry have been approved in Parliament, adding that a mechanism that is fair and equitable will be implemented within two weeks, to be distributed over all regions, including the provinces of the Bekaa and Baalbek-Hermel.
The Industry Minister also pointed to a circular issued by the Central Bank of Lebanon, which was approved at 100 million dollars, so that industrialists can use it for raw materials.
“We also worked with IDAL to issue decrees that will be approved in the Council of Ministers’ session next week, aimed at supporting the productive sectors in terms of industry, agriculture, tourism and technologies. These are incentive actions for industrialists that we will support and assist, and we must work to enlarge factories and protect products, and to provide support to industrialists,” Hoballah emphasized.
He concluded by placing his Ministry’s services and capabilities at everyone’s disposal, stressing “on ensuring food, industrial and agricultural security so that we can guarantee Lebanon’s rise.”
In turn, Agriculture Minister Mortada said: “We have set this month the strategy of the Ministry of Agriculture after the Ministry of Industry completed its plan, with our insistence on involving all agricultural, syndicate and student sectors and all available capabilities from the chambers of commerce and industry, the expertise of which even international organizations may benefit from….We will have extensive meetings with all of these sectors to develop their observations and experiences in a manner that serves this strategic plan within the agricultural sector. ”
“This stage is witnessing restlessness among farmers and the industrial sector, because today the cost of production has become expensive and is incurring huge losses. Both Minister Hoballah and I have placed this issue at the disposal of the Minister of Economy Raoul Nehmeh, to request the Central Bank of Lebanon to ensure that all agricultural and industrial inputs are supported, and not by a specific percentage,” Mortada asserted.
Source: National News Agency