Farmers union urges government to revoke fees for production supplies

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A general photo from a vegetable market in downtown Amman. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
AMMAN — President of the Jordan Farmers Union Ibrahim Al-Sharif demanded the government to exempt production supplies from fees and taxes to help farmers cope with the significant rise in their prices globally, Jo24 reported.اضافة اعلان

He charged that the government “has no vision for next season”, and claimed that farmers are at risk. “Our concern is that farmers would not be able to continue under the current circumstances,” he said.

“We need urgent solutions from the government,” he added.

He said farmers want to see a “clear vision” in dealing with the agricultural sector and “we have several issues that need government decisions, most notably the issue of employment and the inclusion of expatriate workers in social security, as well as the water issue, which has affected production.”

In a related development, banana farmers in the Jordan Valley said that flooding the market with imported Ecuadorian banana will put the market in a knot, Al-Ghad News reported. The government sanctioned banana imports, revoking an import fee, which the price of imported banana into direct competition with the local produce.

According to farmers, local bananas cannot compete with the low price of the imported product. They said only a segment of importers benefitted from what they described as an “unjust move”.

Member of the Banana Farmers Association, Mohammed Abu Tabekh, said that locally-produced bananas are harvested in two peak period during the year, namely mid-September until January and mid-March to mid-June.

“Although the local product during these two stages is sufficient to cover the need of the local market, huge amounts of banana are being imported, which is damaging to farmers and traders alike,” he said.

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