Heatwave adds to farmers’ pains from virus crisis, recent sandstorm

SourceJordan Times
SectorAgriculture
CountryJordan

AMMAN — The recent heatwave that has impacted the Kingdom since the end of August has affected farmers and caused them more losses and suffering, Jordan Valley Farmers Union President Adnan Khaddam said on Wednesday. The sector has been suffering ever since a sandstorm named “The Dragon” hit the Kingdom in March, coinciding with the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in Jordan as well, Khaddam told The Jordan Times over the phone.  “The preparations for the next season did not exceed 35 per cent, mainly due to the accumulated losses from the storm, the coronavirus crisis and the heatwave, to the extent that farmers are unable to cover their expenses,” Khaddam said. More than a year ago, expatriate workers in the sector stopped working, Khaddam said, adding “expatriates are a crucial component of ...read more...