Cherry season ensues in Idlib, Syria

Cherry season ensues in Idlib, Syria

Returning to their homes after truce between warring sides, Syrian farmers badly affected by economic conditions in country

News Service AA

Syrian civilians have started harvesting cherries in the Idlib de-escalation zone in the northwest of the country amid relatively secure environment since cease-fire agreement inked between Turkey and Russia on March 5.

Idlib is home to hundreds of thousands of cherry trees.

However, farmers returning to their homes after the cease-fire have been badly affected by skyrocketing fertilization, tree pruning, transportation and fuel prices.

"We suffered a lot during the migration period. We returned to our land after the cease-fire. We look forward to this month every year," Syrian farmer Haci Ahmet Muhammad told Anadolu Agency.

"Cherry prices are between 700 and 800 Syrian pounds [$0.30]. Cherry production costs much more. The price of this year's crop is much lower compared to previous years," Muhammad Abdullah, a cherry merchant, told Anadolu Agency.

Idlib in northwestern Syria falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia. The area, lying along Turkey's southern border, has been the subject of multiple cease-fire understandings, which have frequently been violated by the Bashar al-Assad regime and its allies.

It is currently home to 4 million civilians, including hundreds of thousands displaced in recent years by regime forces throughout the war-weary country.

*Writing by Zehra Nur Duz


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