Cold weather damages greenhouses in Shahba

This report by Ruparin Bekir was published by Jinha Women’s News Agency on 7 April, 2022

Greenhouses in Shahba have been severely damaged due to the strong wind and cold weather.

Greenhouses and agriculture projects supported by the Autonomous Administration in Shahba have been severely damaged by the strong wind and cold weather. An unusual cold weather in spring has been experienced in northeastern Syria. The cold weather in March has affected the crops. This climate change has affected the people of Shahba and their crops. Tents in the refugee camps and destroyed houses have been badly affected by heavy rainfall. And the strong wind has made tents in the camps almost unusable.

Noting that Shahba Canton is an agricultural region, Arşin Raşid, a member of the Agriculture and Economy Institution, emphasized that agriculture is the only means of living for the displaced people. “An agriculture project was started for the people and the people planted vegetables such as potatoes, onions and cumin but their crops have been badly affected by the cold weather. These people have already suffered from the occupied attacks of Turkey and now they face more challenges,” she told us.

Emphasizing that the citizens have been suffering from fuel and fertilizer shortages, Arşin Raşid said, “The unexpected cold weather has affected their crops. Snowfall, heavy rains and cold weather in March have damaged the greenhouses and agricultural areas in Shahba Canton. Mostly, displaced people work in agriculture and they have been affected by this damage. The international community should help people.”

“All vegetables have been destroyed by frost”

 Leyla Davud, who works in one of the agriculture projects started by the agriculture institution in Shahba, told us that they have already suffered from the high fuel, fertilizers and pesticides costs. “Now, we are suffering from frost. All vegetables in the greenhouses have been destroyed by frost and strong wind.”