Farmers in Jordan destroy tomato crops to protest lossesStaff writer ▼ | January 21, 2016
Southern Jordan Valley farmers destroyed dozens of tonnes of their tomato crops in protest against the lack of government intervention to curb their losses.
Food production The fifth season of losses
The farmers, who are witnessing their fifth season of losses due to the closure of the Syrian and Iraqi borders, demanded that the government compensate them for the losses of last season.
Jordan Valley Farmers Union President Adnan Khaddam estimated farmers' losses this season at JD2 million, adding that tomato crops were not sold at the central market over the past three days.
Meanwhile, exporting produce to Gulf Arab countries does not solve the problem completely, given that they grow some vegetables and do not depend entirely on imports, said Zuhair Jweihan, president of the Jordan Exporters and Producers Association for Fruit and Vegetables.
Khaddam told The Jordan Times that local production of tomatoes currently exceeds 1,000 tonnes daily, while daily local consumption is around 400 tonnes.
This "overproduction" could be avoided through further diversification of produce, Jweihan said, but only if accompanied by a ban on imports as a measure to protect farmers. ■