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Gaza official: Israel fruit ban helps 'nutritional' local produce

Sept. 30, 2012 5:19 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2012 5:19 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Gaza Ministry of Agriculture undersecretary Ibrahim Al-Qudra said Sunday that they are restricting Israeli fruit imports due to quality control issues, as well as protection of the local market.

In recent days ministry officials announced that no fruits would be imported from Israel, with the exception of apples and bananas, to help local farmers.

Al-Qudra told reporters that local products have a better nutritional value than those imported from Israel.

He also noted the danger to the local agricultural sector of cheap imports.
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