Agricultural cooperatives created by women in 8 villages in Qamishlo grow products such as wheat and barley. In a year with good rainfall, women aim for an important harvest.
There are 6 women’s agricultural cooperatives in Qamishlo Canton: 3 of them in Derik, 2 in Girkê Legê, 2 in Tirbespiyê and 1 in Amûdê. Derik cooperatives were established in the villages of Teqil Beqil, Eyn ‘iwar and Zehrewiye, while the Girke Legê cooperatives were established in the town centre. The Tirbespiyê cooperatives were established in the villages of Eli Bedran and Til Maruf and Amûdê cooperatives were established in the village of Topis.
Founded in 2015, the cooperatives are managed by assemblies and administrations, and they operate on lands they lease from the economic board of the Autonomous Administration every year. After the harvest, both the land rent is paid and the products sold.
Wheat and barley are grown in 8 villages
This year, wheat and barley were planted in the 8 villages. From planting to irrigation, from harvesting to sending to relevant institutions, all the work is carried out by the female members of the cooperatives. Hundreds of women are doing these jobs in the 6 cooperatives. The cooperative in Amûdê is run by 2 refugee families from Afrin. The protection of the land is carried out by the internal security forces.