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Water allocations cut

This article was originally published in Foodnews

ISRAELI fruit farmers are being forced to destroy around 10% of all fruit groves throughout the country, due to water allocations being slashed by 40 million cubic metres, according to the director of the Organisation of Fruit Growers. The sector's annual output could drop by 150 000 tonnes and farmers' revenues could be hit by ILS100 million (US$29.7 million) annually. This will be reflected in the costs of Israeli fruit which could rise between 35-100% in 2009. The orchards that are expected to be hardest hit include; figs, apples, pears, cherries, mango and bananas. The organisation has demanded compensation from the agricultural ministry of ILS3.50 for every cubic metre of water allocation cut, a total of ILS120 million.

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