Agriculture Ministry: Lulav Shortage Averted

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lulavimThe Israeli Agriculture Ministry believes that it has managed to avert a shortage in lulavim despite a last-minute announcement by Egypt that it will not allow exports of lulavim this year. Israeli palm tree growers are expected to be able to produce enough lulavim to meet the demand, and imports from other countries are still an option. The Ministry also believes that lulav prices will not jump because of the unexpected situation.

As first reported here on last week, Egypt’s decision is connected to the deterioration in ties between the two countries. There was concern that the Egyptian decision, announced just four weeks before Sukkos, would create a shortage and drive up prices, because most lulavim bought in Israel in recent years were grown in the Sinai area.

The Ministry is encouraging Israeli palm tree growers to “meaningfully increase” lulav production, by a variety of means that include instruction and assistance.

The Ministry expects local growers to be able to supply 650,000 lulavim – in which case there will not be a serious shortage of supply. In addition, the Ministry stated, about 200,000 high quality “mehudar” lulavim will be produced in Israel, as in every year.

Import licenses from Spain, Jordan and Gaza have also been granted, but it is not certain yet that imports will take place.

Palm tree growers have assured the Agriculture Ministry that they will not take advantage of the situation to raise lulav prices unfairly, beyond the price rise that is needed to cover the higher cost of labor in Israel.

{Arutz Sheva/ Newscenter}


  1. So that takes care of Eretz Yisrael. However US will have a major shortage since there is no meaningful domestic supply. The main source for the past 20 yrs has been Egypt. There will be a shortfall of 3-400,000 lulavim.

  2. I buy every year erev chag a lulav (esrog I buy earlier) and always pay a cheaper price for the same product — better to do that in any case but I’ll be interested to see if in the days before the prices are really higher or not.

  3. the lulavm from el-arish (egypt) are far inferior in quality to deri lulavim. If they can go without them, all the better.

  4. this happens every year same old same old its nothing but an excuse for people to get ripped off and charged more like paying for a deri lulav

  5. “The Ministry also believes that lulav prices will not jump because of the unexpected situation.”

    The Minister and his minions clearly have all just arrived from Chelm if they believe that.


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