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No potatoes from Israel ‘flooding local market’ — ministry

By Petra - Aug 26,2015 - Last updated at Aug 26,2015

AMMAN — The Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday dismissed as baseless news reports about Israeli potatoes “flooding” the local market, stressing that it allowed the import of the vegetable from France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt.

Ministry Spokesperson Nimer Haddadin said some traders have been issued import permits to buy potatoes from Israel for a certain period of time.

For his part, Merchants Union of Vegetables and Fruits Exporters Vice President Mahmoud Eqteel said around 10-15 tonnes of Israeli potatoes have been entering the local market for 10 days, adding that 120-150 tonnes of locally produced potatoes enter the local market on a daily basis, in addition to around 100 tonnes from Palestine, 50-75 from Lebanon and 50 from Egypt.

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