The green belt and fruitful afforestation project is gradually expanding in the barrens of the town of Qara in rural Damascus. The belt currently extends over an area of 10,000 dunums, 90% of which are planted with almond trees, 5% with cherry trees, and the remaining part with pistachio, vine and apricot trees, while the fruitful landscaping project extends over 6,000 hectares of 60,000 dunums. Most of them are cherry trees.
The two projects provide a source of income for about 500 families, according to the head of the multi-purpose agricultural association in the town of Qara, Muhammad Mohsen Badran, who explained to SANA’s delegate that the implementation of the Green Belt dates back to 1985 and stopped working during the period of the terrorists’ presence in the area and after the liberation of the town in 2013, the farmers returned to planting and restoring its trees that were cut, burned, and completed the vacant and reclaimed lands, revealing that the production of one tree of any kind in recent years has reached about 7 kilograms.
Badran indicated that the total number of trees in the two projects is 220,000 almond trees, the production of which varies between 40 and 50 tons per season, and one million cherry trees, pointing out that the cultivation of pistachios is modern in the continent, and the number of trees is currently 13,000 trees, of which the production of some of them in some seasons has reached about 4 tons.
According to Badran, one well provides the irrigation necessary for the planting, which was dug and implemented by the Directorate of Agriculture in Damascus Countryside, with a capacity of 17 cubic meters per hour, explaining that the irrigation operations for the plants continue for three years, after which they grow as rainfly, revealing that the belt includes large areas that need reclamation and agriculture, but they need mechanisms and early adopters to help the people In completing this important project.
The head of the agricultural association confirmed that the green belt and fruitful afforestation projects contributed to increasing and improving the income of families in the town and achieved added values for Qara and Qalamoun due to their good and abundant production.