Farmers call for diesel tariff decrease as losses, high operating costs bite

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AMMAN — Secretary-general at the Jordan Valley Farmers Union, Jamal Masalha, called on the government to reconsider the diesel tariff as it is posing a major obstacle for farmers to re-cultivate their lands, reported Jo24. اضافة اعلان

The challenge, he said, is due to the high operational costs and farmers’ inability to secure sufficient cash to cover plowing and the cost of agricultural machines.

Masalha added that the agricultural sector needs support for farmers to be able to maintain food security, stressing that the sector is suffering from high operational costs due to fuel prices, which are the backbone of the sector's work.

He said that the sector suffered huge losses during the past year due to declining prices of foodstuff. The decline forced farmers to sell products at less than the actual costs, he added.

Prices fell due to the increase in supply and lack of demand due to people holding low purchasing power.

Failure to open new markets for export also impacted the prices. In light of this, Masalha called on the government to open up exports to Syria as it is considered the largest importer from Jordan.

He also demanded that the government exempt farmers from the loans granted to them in the wake of “the dragon storm” and to consider these loans as a means to support the agricultural sector, especially since these amounts do not exceed JD4 million.

Masalha also called on the government to exempt farmers from interest on loans granted by the General Corporation for Agricultural Credit and to reschedule previous loans. He also asked that the government grant farmers new loans so that they can continue to do their part in helping the Kingdom’s food security goals.

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