Expansion of olive growing in Libya in the last few years has been mainly by the private sector.
Most of the old olive plantations are mixed with other crops. However, recently farmers started to
establish solid olive plantations whenever they have irrigation water. In 2004?/2005 the area cultivated
with olives was 140,000 ha, olive production was 162,000 MT and olive oil was 8,288 MT.
The varieties imported are mainly for table or dual purpose varieties with the exception of Shimlali from Tunisia.
Recent insurection events have caused severe disruption, now at last the end of an era has arrived and now the free Libyans can rebuild.

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