Sartak village -near Darbandikhan city- is one of the best places in the Kurdistan Region for growing figs; its cooler climate allows the figs to ripen until the end of September.
In the village, the fig harvest has begun. There are more than 100 gardens in the town and they typically produce around 80,000 tons per year that are either eaten fresh or dried for later consumption.
This year, however, farmers in Sartak are increasingly concerned about crop diseases and low prices, though the extent to which these will affect this year’s harvest or local livelihoods is not yet clear.
Aras Ali, who is in charge of Maidan Agriculture Chamber in Maidan sub-district, told NRT Digital Media that the reason for any decline would be because farmers are not following government advice about best practices.