Heat wave damages 40% of crops — GUJF

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AMMAN — President of the General Union of Jordanian Farmers (GUJF) Odeh Al-Rawashdah called on the government to compensate farmers affected by the current heat wave, and include them in the Agricultural Risk Fund, since they stand to incur great losses, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

Rawashdeh said that the government must stand by the farmers in such circumstances, given that there are large losses of crops in the eastern and southern regions as well as in the Mafraq governorate, adding that the heat wave had destroyed 40 percent of the crops.

He described the farmers’ situation in affected areas as tragic, stressing the need for the government to interfere by exempting farmers from interests and loans they owe to the Agricultural Credit Corporation, in addition to water and electricity costs.

He also called on the Greater Amman Municipality to stop collecting fees on the fruit and vegetables supplies.

He also called on agricultural companies to re-schedule farmers’ debts and grant them facilities so that they can recultivate their lands, pointing out that decline in crops will lead to higher prices at a time when consumers cannot bare new price hikes.

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