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Gaza’s strawberry crop damaged by storm

The recent winter storm, striking right at harvest time, heavily damaged the strawberry crop in the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian labourer holds up a box of freshly picked strawberries, intended for export, on a farm in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip December 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: AGRICULTURE FOOD SOCIETY BUSINESS) - RTR2UY5X
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BEIT LAHIA, Gaza Strip — Since the end of the winter storm that struck the region Dec. 12-14, brothers Mahmoud and Ashraf Filfil have devoted their time to repairing what they can of their land, which was planted with strawberries. The land had been flooded with torrential rains, causing extensive damage to the crops. The harvest had just begun at the end of November.

Every April, the brothers prepare the soil, seedlings and greenhouses for September, when the seedlings are planted. During the harvest, the strawberries are picked and marketed locally and globally.

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