Low rainfall poses additional hurdles for Jordan’s farming sector

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AMMAN — Farmers in the north of the Kingdom are voicing concerns that the decreased levels of rainfall this season may cause major challenges for the country’s already troubled farming sector.اضافة اعلان

Ahmed Al-Omari, a farmer in the governorate of Irbid, told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that farmers in the area have already begun plowing their fields since the beginning of October. This, he said, was only possible after the first rainfall, which provided a moist environment to facilitate the seeding process.

However, this year’s lack of rain has meant that they have had to delay the cultivation of field crops, including wheat, barley, and lentils, due to the heavy reliance on large amounts of winter rain.

Omar Al-Basoul, another local farmer, also expressed similar worries, noting that the land is currently too dry for farming. He added that the rainfall in Irbid this season has been insufficient to begin the winter crop cultivation process, and the sporadic and low rainfall that did occur was largely underutilized.

Low seasonAccording to agricultural engineer Laila Bani Hani, the rainfall rate during this rainy season has been significantly lower than in previous years.

With an agricultural area of 480,491 dunums in the Irbid governorate, most of it used to cultivate field crops such as wheat and barley, she noted that onion crops have been one of the most affected by the decreasingrainfall.

Onion crops, she added, were begging to grow in the past few weeks.

Winter cropsDespite this, some indicators suggest that this season could still be a good one.

Ahed Obaidat, the head of Ramtha Agriculture, said that successive weather depressions are forecast to start at the beginning of February, according to the Jordan Metrological Department. If the rains are heavy, he said, it may give farmers some hope for a successful agricultural season, with particular regard to winter farms and field crops.

He added that in February and March, these rains could also be very useful for summer farms, and could improve the state of natural and green pastures.

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