Lebanon's Agricultural Ministry is banning the import of Syrian produce in an effort to protect Lebanese farm revenues.

Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb says he is trying to protect "production and farmers" in the country. He says authorities will crack down on cross-border smuggling.

Lebanon's agricultural sector has suffered under the strain of the war in neighboring Syria, now in its sixth year. The Jordanian-Syrian border has been closed since 2015, freezing overland exports from Lebanon to the rich Gulf market, and causing a glut of agricultural produce in Lebanon.