Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has completed its third phase of development project in Syria as they support wheat crop growing in the country.
As of July end, Syrian farmers have harvested more than 24 tonnes of wheat. The project was carried out in cooperation with the General Organisation for Seed Multiplication (GOSM), the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with support from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).
While QRCS provided the half of the project’s cost, GOSM and ACU chipped in equally with the remaining amount.
In total, 7,733.5 hectares of agricultural land was cultivated in eight governorates (Aleppo, Idlib, Homs, Hama, Daraa, Quneitra, Damascus, and Rif Dimashq). The project benefited 17,697 farmer families (88,485 people) who lacked agricultural and marketing input.
Farmers have been harvesting for over 45 days and packing wheat for the purpose of producing bulgur, flour, etc.
QRCS will be buying the portion of a crop for a reasonable price. 75% of the wheat will be used in producing bread, while 25% will be purified and resold to the farmers at minimal prices for the coming season.
A $4 million fund was established to grant interest free loans to farmers. The loans are either cash or in-kind (seeds, fertilizers, etc.). The debt is repaid from the produced wheat.
Incentives will be given to the farmers based on the purity of the harvest, 13 species of wheat were preserved, and three species were restored by importing seeds from approved suppliers.