Turkish shelling threatens agricultural season in Afrin
NARIN AMIN –HAMRIN SHIEKHO
AFRIN – The agriculture sector Witnessed in Afrin canton is completely stopped as the Turkish occupation army and its terrorists are still shelling .Ten hectares of agricultural land remain without cultivation and 40%of olive tressunder care .which negatively affects the economy of the province
Turkish occupation army has been bombarding on Afrin region since 20 January using all kinds of heavy weapons in its attack and warplanes , causing extensive damage to infrastructure as well as vital centers
As the city of Afrin, like other parts of North Syria depends on the economy of agriculture because of its fertile variety, and in conjunction with the approaching summer season and the continued agricultural bombing of the Turkish occupation and terrorists supported by him, which threatens the agricultural season damage.
The bombing of the Turkish occupation, which targeted humans and stone, left 10 thousand hectares of agricultural land without cultivation, which will negatively affect the annual agricultural season generally in the coming months.
The most affected areas are the border areas, particularly the areas of Rajo,Bulbul, Janders , Sherawa as they are located on the seam line and are subject to daily shelling. Most of the shells are located between agricultural lands. 5000 hectares
The farmers in the border villages are facing difficulties in going to their land because of the indiscriminate bombardment by the Turkish occupation army, which prevents the farmers from taking care of their agricultural seasons and their care, which affects the agricultural season in general.
This is accompanied by the difficulty of securing the necessary materials to care for agricultural crops such as fertilizers and insecticides. The quantity is currently limited within the canton which leads to a weak season for agriculture next year, according to the provincial agriculture Body in the canton .
Forest trees were also not cleared from the bombardment, as they received a large share of the destruction, which was cultivated in the border villages, where they were burned and uprooted.
Hawar news agency (ANHA) interviewed with the Deputy Agriculture Body Salah Ibo pointed out that “Agricultural land, especially fruit trees, has been severely damaged,” noting that olive trees in particular should receive care during this period such as spraying fertilizers to coincide with rainfall before the end of the winter In addition to its plowing, 40 percent of the olive trees were cultivated within this period without care.
Ebo stressed that as the Agriculture Body they have activated a committee to control the price of fertilizers in the markets of the province, to avoid manipulation of prices, and began its work since the first day of the military escalation in Afrin