Thousands of farmers risk detention if Defense Order 28 repealed

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AMMAN — Around 30.000 farmers would be at risk of imprisonment and legal pursue if Defense Order 28 was canceled, placing farmers in front of accumulated debts incurred as a result of financial losses caused by weather conditions, inaccessibility to the Syrian market, and rising government fees.اضافة اعلان

Defense Order 28 was implemented as part of the government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and states that “The implementation of debtor imprisonment decisions issued in accordance with the provisions of Article 22 of the Implementation Law No. 25 of 2007 shall be postponed, provided that the total amounts adjudicated do not exceed JD100,000.”

President of Farmers Union of Jordan Valley Adnan Khaddam told Jordan News that in the event that the defense order is canceled “many farmers and their families would be at risk, since the sons would vouch for their fathers, placing the entire family at risk of being legally pursued.”

Khaddam said that one of the main reasons behind the accumulated debt and the losses incurred by the farmers is the closure of the Syrian border, which used to be one of the leading markets for Jordanian produce and transit into Eastern European markets. The two other factors, he added, are water scarcity and the increase in the cost of production.

“The number of farmers and farmlands are declining due to weather conditions and increased expenses, which is threatening our food security,” Khaddam said.

Mahmoud Al-Oran, secretary-general of the Jordan Farmers Union, told Jordan News that climate change and the recent frost waves had a significant impact on farmers. However, he explained that the increase in the cost of production material, like fertilizers, pesticides, and seeds, has further increased farmers’ losses and debt.

Oran noted that the prices of products have remained unchanged for the past 10 years, “while the cost of production, among many other things has gone up, coupled by a rise in work permit fees.”

“How can we preserve and maintain food security when farmers are subjected to numerous taxes and fees,” Oran questioned.

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