Syrian cotton industry recovering to pre-war levels

ALEPPO, Syria – Cotton cultivated areas in various governorates of Syria are improving after declining in previous years due to terrorist organizations’ attacks which caused damage to cotton crops, resulting in large areas of lands stopping production.

More than 34,000 hectares have been cultivated so far in Syria, with indications production may reach up to 291,000 tons of cotton in the event the government’s entire agricultural plan is fully implemented, according to the head of the Aleppo Cotton Directorate Waddah al-Qadi.

Al-Qadi said the cultivated areas of cotton in Aleppo have reached 1,150 hectares.

He said it was important to encourage and support farmers to grow these crops through setting and raising the prices of cotton, and providing necessary funding from the agricultural bank of the farmers, in addition to re-launching modern irrigation projects where 37 percent of the cultivated areas are still being irrigated by wells.

Al-Qadi added that efforts exerted by the agricultural technicians in scientific research centers and farmers will restore crops to a position at regional and global levels when Syria ranked second in production of cotton internationally, a position it held for several years.

For their part, the farmers called for the necessity of ensuring requirements of production, especially fertilizers.

MHD Ibrahim/Shaza

Published at Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:43:55 +0000

Source: Syrian cotton industry recovering to pre-war levels.

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