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Russia to import Gaza strawberries for first time

As Russia prepares to import strawberries from the Gaza Strip for the first time, farmers in Gaza are considering a commercial partnership to export other agricultural products in the future.
Palestinian labourers pick 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) - GM1E7C71ETL01
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The strawberry harvest season in the Gaza Strip is underway. Farmers call the fruit “red gold” given the high revenues they make from exporting it to foreign markets between December and April every year.

Russia is preparing to import the first cargo of strawberries from Gaza for the first time, according to Ahmed al-Shafey, the CEO of the Gaza Agricultural Cooperative for Producing & Marketing, which specializes in planting and exporting agricultural products.

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