The areas cultivated with irrigated and rain-fed winter crops witnessed a noticeable increase in Homs Governorate, after the recent rains, so more than 17,000 thousand hectares were cultivated with rain-fed wheat out of the total planned area of 21,804 hectares, with an implementation rate of 78 percent.
The Director of Homs Agriculture, Engineer Younes Hamdan, told SANA that the area cultivated with irrigated wheat amounted to about 13 thousand hectares out of the total planned area of 17420 hectares, with an implementation rate of 74 percent, pointing out that the operations of cultivating the area cultivated with irrigated barley are nearing completion, reaching 452 hectares of irrigated wheat. The original 529 hectares, with an implementation rate of more than 85 percent, while the area cultivated with rain-fed barley exceeded 17 thousand hectares out of about 38 thousand hectares.
On the percentage of the implementation of the cultivation of winter crops, the head of the Plant Production Department, Eng. Azzam Darbouli, stated that cultivation continues in all crops, so 370 hectares were cultivated with irrigated beans, and 550 hectares with rain-fed beans, while 170 hectares were cultivated with rain-fed lentils and 282 hectares with irrigated peas.
In turn, the director of the Seed Multiplication Branch in Homs, Eng. Mahdi Mahmoud, confirmed in a similar statement that there is sufficient stock of wheat seed, and the sold quantities of sterilized and sifted wheat seeds exceeded 3800 tons of various varieties, indicating that sales continue until the end of the planting season.
A large number of farmers indicated that they cultivated their lands with wheat due to the low costs of its cultivation requirements, which were intended for growing the rest of the winter crops, which needed fertilizers, fuel and irrigation.
It is worth mentioning that the area planned for irrigated wheat cultivation for the current season has been increased by about 5,000 hectares over the area planned for last year, with the aim of increasing wheat production.
Abdul Hamid Junaidy
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