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Wild boar terrorize Irbid farmers

Farmer Muthana Yaseen, who owns a grape and guava grove, said that his farm is attacked by boar every night. He is not the only one facing this problem. (Photo: Unsplash)
Farmer Muthana Yaseen, who owns a grape and guava grove, said that his farm is attacked by boar every night. He is not the only one facing this problem. (Photo: Unsplash)
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AMMAN — Around this time every year, wild pigs attack Irbid’s Bani Kinanah district.

Farmer Muthana Yaseen, who owns a grape and guava grove, said that his farm is attacked by boar every night. He is not the only one facing this problem.اضافة اعلان

“These pigs are a threat to our farms” since they consume an immense amount of guava, Saleem Mohammad, another farmer, said. “What makes the issue more complicated is that we’re forbidden from entering our farms after 6pm, as they are considered a military border area.”

He added that the boar come to the farms at night, and that farmers are forced to appraise the damage the animals have inflicted on the trees.

“We are calling the authorities to allow us stay in our farms at night to protect them and to compensate us for the accumulative losses we’ve sustained for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mohammad said.

Head of the House Agriculture Committee, MP Mohammad Al-Alaqmeh, told Jordan News that the boar inflict a great loss of produce. He called on the Ministry of Agriculture to activate the risk fund and compensate the farmers once loss reports are issued.

Alaqmeh added that small and medium-sized farms are the ones who help Jordan achieve food security, and that they are the ones who grow the produce that goes into making Jordanians’ daily meals. He therefore stressed that Jordanian farmers must not be forgotten. The deputy added that there is no justification for the delay in allowing farmers to secure their property at night.

Minister of Agriculture Khalid Hneifat told Jordan News, “As a ministry, we are not responsible for what is happening in Bani Kinanah. Farmers must contact the security governorate authorities.”

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