Too early to foretell status of next planting season — experts

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Famers harvest aubergine in the Jordan Valley. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The planting season is expected to be delayed and is likely to result in a shortage of some agricultural products in the local market, said Director-General of the Jordan Farmers’ Union Mahmoud Al-Oran. اضافة اعلان

Agricultural experts, however, told Jordan News that it is still too early to predict the status of the next planting season.

Saleh Al-Shdefat, a professor of agriculture at Jerash University, told Jordan News that “high temperatures usually affect the composition of olives particularly, which would affect the quality of olive oil”.

But he added that “we cannot predict anything now especially that we still have an entire month ahead of us, when the temperatures become cooler at night.”

Aktham Abu Khadijeh, a specialist in plant breeding and owner of a seeds production facility, concurred. He said: “We should wait until the end of October to predict how the next season will turn out.”

“If the entire month of October does not witness any weather depressions, the winter planting season would see a delay, and water reserves would be affected”, he told Jordan News.

Abu Khadijeh added that “the months of October and November usually provide dams with 10 to 15 percent of water reserves, which irrigate several areas that make up 29 percent of the total cultivated area in Jordan.”

Nonetheless, Abu Khadijeh argued that agriculture is suffering on a different level. He explained that “the summer planting season was very harsh, due to the extremely low prices of agricultural products.”

“The supply increasing ahead of demand is a problem that existed for a long time,” he said. “This usually keeps prices low, unless exports increase.”

Ahmad Shaheen, owner of an agricultural company, told Jordan News that he sold about 20 tonnes of tomatoes for JD37.

Jordan News unsuccessfully tried the Ministry of Agriculture to comment on its efforts in organizing agricultural products’ growing and marketing.

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