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Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
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    Figure 7. Economic Activity


    Goats are used for their milk, meat, and hair
    Courtesy United Nations/Photo by John Isaac


    A large poultry farm near Beiru
    Courtesy United Nations

    The variety of Lebanon's agricultural lands, from the interior plateau of the Biqa Valley to the narrow valleys sweeping down to the sea, enables farmers to grow both European and tropical crops. Tobacco and figs are grown in the south, citrus fruits and bananas along the coast, olives around the Shuf Mountains and in the north, and fruits and vegetables in the Biqa Valley (see fig. 7). More exotic crops include avocados, grown near Jubayl, and hashish, a major crop in the Biqa Valley. Local wines, even those produced in times of war, have won international prizes. Since 1975, however, Lebanon's fertile land has not been fully exploited because of almost constant warfare. In addition, the livestock production, which had made up a significant part of total agricultural production before the war, fell off drastically, especially after the 1982 Israeli invasion.

    Data as of December 1987

    NOTE: The information regarding Lebanon on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Lebanon AGRICULTURE information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Lebanon AGRICULTURE should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.

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