Saffron the "red gold"....A promising cultivation in Syria

Saffron popularly known as Kesar in Hindi has been one of the oldest herbs known to man kind . It  is The most famous and oldest types of spices around the world , and it is a treasure trove.

Saffron is the most valuable medicinal food product because of its importance in the world’s economy.  This spice was used by several civilizations for its importance in pharmaceutics, cosmetic, perfumery and textile dye-producing industries.

Saffron , which is  called red gold, has  become a promising cultivation in various regions of Syria after the success of experiments that yielded good results that matched the best types of saffron produced worldwide.

SANA visited the saffron fields in Sarghaya and Al-Zabadani in Damascus countryside and reviewed the developments of cultivating saffron  in terms of  number of flowers, the production and quality of stems,  methods of cultivation  and how to spread it  in order to become  a promising  cultivation of strategic crops and so a new economic resource for people with limited incomes  and poor families.

Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Dr. Louai Aslan confirmed  to SANA that the ministry seeks to develop and spread aromatic crops with economic returns on a large scale.

Syrian youth team plants three thousand trees in Baloran village in Lattakia

As a continuation of the campaign “ with love we build it”, which was launched  in 2018 by  the Syrian  youth of" love and peace"  team  , the volunteers of the team have  planted about 3,000  forest saplings  in the fire-affected area in Baloran village  in  Lattakia countryside, which was  severely damaged by fires recently..

The team leader Anwar Muhammad  said in a statement to SANA  “ volunteers from provinces of Al- Hasaka, Daraa, Homs,  Lattakia  and  Damascus countryside participated in the two-days  event ”.

250 thousand forest seedlings provided to fire-affected areas in Homs

Homs,(ST) - Al-Arida Forestry Nursery production in TalKalakh area in Homs countryside has nurtured 250 thousand various forest saplings in the current winter season and they are ready for distribution to the fire-affected areas in the governorate.

Engineer Yousef Shaqouf, director of the nursery, said to SANA that the nursery is ready to distribute the plants to the areas that were recently hit by the fires, especially the Nassera Forestry Project in the Wadi Al-Nasarah area in Homs countryside, where the forest wealth was severely damaged because of the fires.

Technical management of burnt citrus and olive trees .. in a working symposium in Lattakia

Fires are among the most severe and dangerous environmental disasters that fruit trees meadows and forest areas might be exposed to .Therefore, due to the severity of the fires that attacked Lattakia Governorate last month, large numbers (103 fires) in total, and environmental and substantial losses; the Agricultural Scientific Research Center (ASR) held a field workshop in this regards. The workshop was held  in coordination with the Directorate of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform in Lattakia (Agricultural Extension Dep.), the Union of Agricultural Engineers in Lattakia, and the Union of Agricultural Development Workers under the title:"Technical management of burnt fields of citrus and olive's trees;basics of rehabilitating forest sites".

Dr. Muhammad Salhab, emphasized the significant role of agricultural research to transmit technical and scientific information on how to deal with burnt olive and citrus fields through specialized cadres. In addition, to the importance of studies related to burned forest like: forest area, plant types, percentage of damage, soil type. He also emphasized the importance of joined efforts of the numerous investors to rehabilitate affected properties and lands.

Afforestation campaign for agricultural lands affected by fires in Al-Fakhoura in Lattakia countryside

With the participation of 42 volunteers from the "Journey and Trail" and "Syria Light" teams, a five-dunum afforestation campaign took place in the village of Al-Fakhoura in the countryside of Lattakia in an attempt to make up for the damage of the recent fires that overwhelmed the governorate's countryside.

Wissam Ali, leader of the "Journey and Trail" team, stated that this campaign is the first in a series of afforestation campaigns that will take place during the coming period in cooperation with the Lattakia Agriculture Directorate and a number of other volunteer teams, explaining that the campaign includes planting about 70 olive seedlings produced by a private nursery.

Aktham Ismail, the leader of the "Syria Light" team, indicated that tasks were distributed among the participants to complete the work quickly and perfectly despite the lack of equipment. Some of them uprooted the completely burnt trees after making sure that they were no longer suitable for agriculture. The other section dug  holes and prepared them for cultivation according to specific dimensions .

He explained that the forthcoming afforestation campaigns will target the affected agricultural lands in the areas of Jableh and Al-Qardaha.