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Olive Oil


KEY FACTS AND FIGURES:

  

  • Around 570 km2 of land or 57000 ha is occupied by olive trees, which accounts for 5.4% of the Lebanese territory, or 8% of total agricultural lands in Lebanon
  • Olive groves are grown in six major regions extending from North to South: Batroun, Koura, Zgharta, Akkar, Rashaya El Foukhar, and Hasbaya, in addition to several other subordinate areas
  • Lebanese olive trees are on average 150 years old, and are mostly rain fed (Only 8% of the olives cultivated area is irrigated, the rest is rain fed)
  • Around 70% of the olive trees are destined to the production of olive oil, and the remaining ones are destined to the production of table olives
  • The oil productivity of the olives in Lebanon ranges from 18-25%
  • In 2011, olive production was estimated at 90,307 tons, while olive oil production reached 11,300 tons, growing consistently by a CAGR of 6.5% since 2000
  • Over the past 4 years, olive oil exports have increased by around 83.6% reaching 59,000 tons or the equivalent of LBP 13.4 Billion in 2014

 

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES:

 

  • Olive oil is amongst the most prominent Lebanese signature agro-industrial products, and a proud part of the country's history and culinary tradition
  • Lebanon's diverse topography, fertile soil, microclimates, and olive varieties allow farmers to produce uniquely flavored products
  • Olive oil is one of the few agro-industries to post an external trade surplus in 2013
Olive Oil Fact Book 2014
OLIVE OIL INDUSTRY IN LEBANON
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