AANES Plants 10,000 Olive Cuttings In Syria’s Kobani

This report by Fatah Issa was published by North Press Agency on 15 January, 2023

The Environment Directorate of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) of Kobani, northern Syria, has started since Saturday to plant Olive cuttings in Mashtanour plant nursery, aiming to meet locals’ needs.  

In the beginning of this month, the directorate launched a campaign named “Each tree creates a spring… Preserve your tree”, to plant more than 10,000 trees in Kobani and its countryside.

Shiraz Haji, the supervisor engineer of the project, said that the new experiment relies on planting the olive cuttings in a soil mixed with Biochar inside greenhouses.

She added that the directorate would plant about 10,000 olives cuttings, noting that 3,000 had already been planted.

She pointed out that they would monitor the temperature inside the greenhouses to provide the suitable environment for growth. The experiment will cover two types of olive trees.

The cuttings are imported from Syrian coastal areas and Idlib Governorate, and each cutting costs 5,000 SYP ($0.8), the supervising engineer said.

The success of the experiment will facilitate securing the needs of olive farmers and decrease costs, she added.

The planted lands with olive trees in Kobani and its countryside is estimated at 15,000 hectares, which include more than 2.5 million trees, according to the AANES Agriculture Directorate.