11 July 2022
Northern Aleppo growers benefit from provision of high-quality seed
THE Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) has announced an abundant potato harvest season this year under its agriculture project: Agricultural Support to Farmers in Northern Aleppo.
Under this project, the SRTF-supported farmers were able to increase their cultivated lands by 2,085 dunums as a result of the availability of high-quality potato tubers provided by the SRTF. The result was a 10,000-11,000 MT potato harvest with a noted increase in potato production per hectare estimated at 50 MT. This reflected positively on local markets, securing the availability of potatoes at affordable prices.
Other types of support provided under the project include agricultural machinery, fertilisers, pesticides and safe storage and handling of crops inputs. Moreover, staff salaries and training for enhancing IE internal capacity in terms of bookkeeping, filing, and other managerial and financial related services have been delivered.
The support to the potato farmers is part of a EUR 2.4 million SRTF Agriculture project which promotes food security by supporting 1,500 self-managed, economically-viable crop farms that have access to local markets, suppliers, and relevant business service providers. Around 7,500 households will directly benefit from improved access to agricultural inputs from the project while indirectly, around 37,500 beneficiaries will benefit from the project.