Greek olive growers have problems – level 1

08-12-2023 15:00

Greek olive growers have a hard time. The weather is bad this year. This year’s harvest may be 50% less than last year’s.

Prices of olives and olive oil are going up. Thieves are stealing more because of this. Panagiotis Tsafaras grows olives. He checks his groves twice every day. He wants to stop thieves. In one incident, thieves steal over a ton of olives. This problem is new to the area. Growers start using cameras and GPS to watch their olives. Thieves come at night. They are very quiet.

Greek police say that such incidents are all over the country. Greece is the third-biggest olive oil maker in the year.

Difficult words: harvest (the time of the year when farmers pick grain, fruit, and vegetables), thief (the person who steals something), grove (a small wood or other group of trees).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What measures are Greek olive growers taking to prevent theft in their groves, and what impact is this having on the country's production as a whole?


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