Fneideq is a town located in the Akkar district, Northeast of Tripoli, among a cluster of villages named Jurd el Qayteh. The region is known for its major Agricultural activity, and is considered the biggest producer of apples and some other fruit trees such as plums, cherries and pears.

Emkan established a cold storage facility, Berrad Fneideq, to provide the farmers with cold storage services to store their apple produce. Emkan built the facility on an area of 1,240 m2 and about 1,300 meters above sea level.

The Facility is essential for extending the shelf life and the marketing period of apple produce in the region, in order to avoid oversupply and aim for favorable prices. Berrad Fneideq plays a major role in stabilizing market prices and distributing supply based on-demand basis and time-basis, resulting in the development of the apple value chain in Fneideq and the surrounding villages.

Capacity
Berrad Fneideq consists of 2 large rooms, each with a total capacity of 9,000 boxes, and 4 small rooms, each with a total capacity of 4,000 boxes. Overall capacity is 34,000 crates.

History

  • August 2011: Berrad Fneideq Facility construction was completed.
  • Sep 2011: Emkan launched pilot operations, after completion of staffing and procurement requirements, which allowed 200 farmer clients to be served and 7,400 apple crates to be stored in its first season.
  • The 2011 apple season was characterized by limited output due to late flowering, fungal disease (scab) and hail, which resulted in more than 45% loss in apple production when compared to the season of 2010.
  • The 2012 season was much better where Berrad Fneideq stored about 20,000 crates and doubled the client base.
  • In the 2013 season, 13,325 crates were placed in storage with 215 new clients.
  • In the 2014 season, full capacity was achieved with 32,834 crates stored and 52 additional clients.
Cold Storage Statistical Summary
Season Total Crates Stored NEW Clients Total Cumulative Clients Clients Served
2011-2012 7,400 206 206 201
2012-2013 20,000 227 433 366
2013-2014 13,325 215 648 461
2014-2015 32,834 56 704 239

Future Plans:

Emkan Management plans to:

  • Develop the various production value chains
  • Enhance standards for export potential
  • Build farmers' capacity and skills
  • Focus on food safety measures

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