Farmers complain of losses, ministry promises compensation

(Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN – Secretary-General of the Farmers Union Mahmoud Al-Oran said that the snow that fell on Jordan caused great damage to farmers, breaking citrus and olive trees, and affecting livestock.اضافة اعلان

Oran told Jordan News that the bad weather negatively affected livestock and fowls, with many lambs and sheep, as well as poultry dying for lack of special care they are in need of.

There has been no assessment yet, said Oran, “but from the farmers talking to me over the phone about their losses, and from my knowledge of the poor infrastructure, I can say that there are damages and losses. I cannot say that the damages are very large, but at the same time, we should not underestimate the extent of the damages.”

Oran called for immediate compensation to the farmers, through the Agricultural Risk Fund, which compensates damages inflicted by bad weather conditions.

President of the Jordan Valley Farmers Union Adnan Khaddam told Jordan News that Jordan Valley farmers had already been affected by the recent frost, and that although losses have not been evaluated yet, they are expected to be significant, “but not as big as the losses resulted from the depressions in 2014 and 2008, for example”.

Farmer Basel Ramadneh told Jordan News that the farmers’ situation before the bad weather hit was almost tragic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “but today, after the snow, many farmers find themselves in a deplorable condition, after the damage of trees, such as olives, which were a main source of their livelihood”.

Ramadneh said the agricultural sector as a whole suffered losses, and if the affected people are not compensated, their situation will be dire.

Those most in need of help are “especially livestock breeders, whose livestock died due to their inability to bring in fodder due to road closures, especially since most livestock breeders live far away and cannot get their animals’ basic needs in such conditions”, he said.

The damages are the result of emergency conditions, and this makes it incumbent of the government to “support farmers, to help them go on with their work and production, especially since such conditions are recurring, which makes many farmers reluctant to work in agriculture”, said Ramadneh.

Minister of Agriculture Khalid Al-Hneifat told Jordan News that “it is too early to talk now about losses and compensation; this will be decided after the Ministry of Agriculture cadres study the situation of each farm and assess the situation, and the losses and compensation will be determined accordingly”.

The minister stressed that the ministry will not fail to compensate the affected farmers, according to the available possibilities.

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