Farmers in the western countryside of Homs continue to harvest the potato crop for the autumn crop despite the difficulties that accompanied the agricultural operations in light of the lack of production requirements due to the coercive economic measures imposed on the Syrian people.
“My profession is agriculture, and I have no other job to support my family,” says Anton Elias Al-Asses from the village of Qattinah, adding to the SANA reporter, “I have 60 dunums planted with potatoes. Each dunum produces an average of 1200 kg.
Al-Asses called on the parties concerned with the agricultural situation to provide production requirements, the most important of which are diesel and fertilizers, indicating that he plans to plant about 100 dunums of potatoes in the next season.
The demands of the farmer Raed Hamo from the village of Al-Mubarakiya do not differ from those in the village of Qattina, as he confirms that he has 50 dunums planted with potatoes this season, explaining that the cost of producing one dunum exceeds 300 thousand pounds and it is unacceptable for potato prices in the market, indicating that he relies on irrigation on pumps that operate on Electricity is not available, and pumps run on fuel and their prices are high.
Farmer Majid Hamo from the same village says that the weather conditions and the high temperatures have led to the infection of areas of the crop with rotting disease in addition to the high prices of diesel, fertilizers and pesticides, and the wages of farmers and workers, which leads to poor production, stressing that the high selling price in the al-Hal market can be reduced slightly Of the burdens and material costs that the farmer spends on his land.
A number of potato extract workers indicated that they start work in the morning and the work is distributed among them, as some collect potatoes after cultivating the land with jars and collect them in the form of piles for others to fill them with special bags and then load them into cars to transport them to the Al-Hal market at an early date.
On the role of the authorities concerned with the agricultural reality in the governorate in securing the need of farmers, Yahya al-Sakka, head of the Peasants ’Union in Homs, confirms that work is underway to find a solution to the problems of diesel and fertilizers in cooperation with the concerned authorities.
The Director of Agriculture, Eng. Nazih Al-Rifai, explained that the estimated production of potatoes for the fall autumn tree is 66 thousand tons planted on an area of 4400 hectares distributed over 3340 hectares in the Qusayr area, 938 hectares in the villages of the eastern center, 100 hectares in the villages of Al-Rastan, 15 hectares in the villages of the western center and 7 hectares in the area Openwork.
In turn, Engineer Muhammad Al-Ahmad, Director of the Agricultural Bank in Homs, confirmed that fertilizers are sold to farmers according to the need schedule according to each crop, and currently the focus is on financing the wheat crop.
Abdul Hamid Junaidi