Sweida Agriculture Directorate opens three field schools for organic agriculture

Within the framework of the plan to develop the agricultural situation in the governorate of Sweida, the Directorate of Agriculture in Sweida has opened three field schools for organic agriculture and the Good Agricultural Practices System Global Gap.

The Head of the directorate's organic production department, Eng. Reham Morshed, said  that the schools include an olive school for the organic farming system in the village of Al-Swaimra, and two schools according to the Good Agricultural Practices System for apples in the village of Mutlaqah and almonds in Hazm village.

Liberated city of Khan Sheikhoun witnesses plantation of 3500 seedlings to restore the green cover

A new forestation campaign, that included planting 3500 forest and fruit seedlings, was carried out on Friday in the Syrian city of Khan Shiekhoun in Idlib's southern countryside which was liberated from terrorism by the Syrian Army in 2019.

Students, civil society and the Idleb Agriculture Directorate took part in the campaign.

The seedling for planting the green fence opposite to the Khan Sheikhoun city, along the Hama-Aleppo International Highway, and in a number of parks and gardens, were presented by a nursery in the city of Jableh in Lattakia countryside to help restore the green cover in this area.

 The aim is to rehabilitate the areas affected by terrorism, fires, excessive logging, and to restore the green cover in Khan Sheikhoun, some participants in the campaign said, stressing the economic, environmental and touristic importance of trees.

New Nectar Species Cultivated during the Afforestation Campaign in the Northern Countryside of Lattakia

In commemoration of  the martyrs’ souls  who sacrificed their blood to water  their  motherland’s soil ,  “Ethar”  Charitable Society in cooperation  with the Syrian Beekeepers Association and the Agriculture Directorate in Lattakia  carried out on Saturday  an afforestation campaign in “Jabal Al Harra”  in Rabi’a district in the northern countryside of the governorate.

With the participation of more than 100  volunteers,  An area of one and a half hectares has been  cultivated  by about 600 different seedlings of carob and laurel trees, in addition to  new nectar species including  Robinia pseudoacacia , at the request of the Syrian Beekeepers Association.

Da’ad Al-Ajji, Head of  “Ethar”  Charitable Society , which takes care of  the wounded and provides aid to the families of the martyrs, explained to SANA  that that the  the society has an avid  interest in  the environmental aspect,  carrying out  afforestation campaigns and enriching the mountains with green cover  and  preserving the beauty of Syria.

She  stressed  that  carrying out the afforestation campaign in this site  specifically means the completion of the society’s  national tasks and to commemorate the martyrs who sacrificed their souls to defend their country . 

International report: Rapid economic growth leads to costly destruction of nature

A new report out on February 2nd from the U.K. government framing the natural environment as "our most precious asset" says the world's destruction of biodiversity has put economies at risk and that a fundamental restructuring of global consumption and production patterns is needed for humanity's survival.

The 600-page review was commissioned by Britain's Treasury and authored by Partha Dasgupta, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge, who wrote that gross domestic product (GDP) is a faulty measure of sustainable economic growth. 

Experts warn of severe climate changes in Arab region that affect water and food

The Arab region is exposed to great changes in rainfall rates from year to year. It is threatened by the scarcity of rain  for being located within the  arid and semi-arid regions. This is clearly reflected in the scarcity of available water resources, and will have a great impact  on agricultural production and thus the availability of food and food security.

Scientific researches in the field of climate change, especially in the Arab region, show that the latter will be exposed to the most severe climatic changes, whether in terms of reduced rain rates or higher temperatures, in addition to a clear increase in the frequency of drought cycle. According to the opinion of a number of experts, these factors negatively affect agricultural productivity in relation to rain-fed and irrigated crops.