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Tunisia’s olive oil exporters lament missed opportunities

Tunisia’s olive oil exporters lament missed opportunities

AWARD-WINNING Tunisian olive oil producer Mustapha Mtiraoui could make far more money by exporting his produce in labelled bottles, rather than shipping it in bulk. But basic problems inside Tunisia’s olive oil sector, including access to financing, a shortage of bottling plants and the dominant position of a handful of bigger producers, make that impossible, he says. The difficulties faced by Mtiraoui and many other Tunisian producers should concern policymakers, anxious to bring in more foreign currency from exports as the government navigates a crisis in public finances. Tunisia is already one of the top three olive oil exporters, with…
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