Farmers in #Syria are confronted by multipole challenges posed by the consequences of the crisis, climate change, frequent droughts, fires, rainfall scarcity and poor harvests. Many farmers have had to abandon their land, unable to afford the soaring costs of seeds, fertilizers and tractor fuel. In 2012, the wheat harvests decreased to a quarter of what they harvested in 2011.
The #SyrianArabRedCrescent annually supports farmers through providing farming inputs grants such as: seeds, fertilizers, irrigation networks, ewes and chicken grants, that help ensuring the farming process recovery and enhance farmers stability.
In #Homs countryside, 2500 families, in 31 villages, are eagerly waiting for the harvest season to collect the wheat corpses they have planted with the seeds and fertilizers provided by SARC. Each family received 200 Kg seeds and 150 Kg fertilizers supported by the ICRC.
In #Idleb countryside, 200 vulnerable families in 90 villages regained their agriculture activities after receiving grants (200 kg of hard wheat seeds and 150 kg of triple super phosphate fertilizer) supported by the #ICRC, that ensured their stability and will help supply the markets with wheat for bread-making as well.
In #Quneitra, SARC volunteers distributed the seeds and fertilizers grants to 1500 farmers in 20 villages. This grant has been provided for the seventh consecutive year now in Quneitra, in order to meet the farmers’ needs.
In #Lattakia countryside, SARC supported 1000 farmers in 4 villages with the wheat seeds and fertilizers.
In #Hama countryside, the volunteers distributed the black cumin seeds and fertilizers grants to 350 farmers, who have safe access to their lands. The grant consisted of 20 Kg of black cumin seeds and 200 Kg fertilizers. They also received educational sessions about the war remnants risks and the way to avoid them.
To enhance the food security and ensure adequate source of income for the chicken farmers in Ghazaleh and As-Soura villages (#Daraa countryside) and in Khan Arabeh and Samadanieh villages (Quneitra countryside), the Syrian Arab Red Crescent distributed the chicken grants (rooster, chickens, vitamins, fodders, tools needed to establish a chicken coop.) supported by the #UNHCR.