Minister of Economy in the east-based interim government, Mounir Aser, has temporarily suspended the export of local dates due to the growing demand on the product in the holy month of Ramadan, which is less than two months away.

"The internal market is able to absorb the stored product, considering that Ramadan is a foot away," the Minister explained, accusing those who oppose the decision of trying to obtain personal benefits through the difference of the exchange rate at the expense of the Libyan market.

The date farm owners in the oasis town of Jalu issued a statement demanding the cancellation of the decision, describing it as an "unjust and irresponsible decision.”

It’s noteworthy that the decision is ineffective in the western region and many parts of the south.