Today, the General Union of Peasants held a dialogue workshop entitled “The role of the state in supporting the agricultural sector, the Syrian farmer, and the most meaningful support.”
Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Engineer Mohamed Hassan Qatna, indicated continued support to achieve the required agricultural and economic policies, and contribute to achieving rural development and the balance between supply and demand and the interests of the producer and consumer.
He stated that increasing support for the agricultural sector is urgently needed in the short term, pointing out that the difficult economic conditions today, including high production costs, living standards, and low tenure, all affected the positivity of the support provided, and constituted a major obstacle in the process of developing this sector and achieving its stability.
Minister Qatana stressed the importance of dialogue between the Ministry and the federations, unions, and organizations regarding previously used agricultural methods and how to develop them, and setting a new vision for developing agricultural support strategies to be suitable for farmers and compatible with the state’s capabilities to secure them.
The head of the Farmers’ Union, Ahmed Saleh Ibrahim, explained that the value of agricultural production requirements changes rapidly within one agricultural season, and the difficulties facing farmers make the production process unstable, indicating that the workshop discusses these difficulties after reviewing the opinions of farmers in the governorates, to develop new outputs that contribute to supporting The agricultural sector and farmers in the next stage.
The head of the Federation of Chambers of Agriculture, Mohamed Kashto, pointed out the need to re-evaluate the partnership between the public and private sectors, and rebuild confidence through the stability of capital and the financial and banking system, while the head of the Agricultural Extension Department at the Arab Center for Studies of Dry Zones and Dry Lands “ACSAD”, Dr. Mohamed Al-Abd, pointed out God pointed out that the Center’s participation in the workshop aims to present new proposals to support farmers, by providing production requirements in the plant and animal sector.
The workshop was attended by the Secretary-General of the Arab Farmers Union, Khaled Khazal, representatives of ACSAD and the Syrian Secretariat for Development, a number of members of the People’s Assembly, the Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Fayez Al-Miqdad, and a number of central general directors in the ministry.
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