The high temperatures recorded in the Jordan Valley during the last week of Ramadan has taken a toll on citrus trees in the northern Jordan Valley. Citrus growers have stressed that the current situation will entail huge financial losses for producers, given the low productivity of the farms, and have called the Ministry of Agriculture to intervene to save those who are already suffering from marketing problems and low prices.
Ashraf Adnan Al Ghazawi, president of the Coalition of Water User Associations in Al Masharea and Wadi Al Rayyan, said that most citrus farms in the northern valley, as well as those devoted to grapes and open ground vegetables, have been greatly affected by the high temperatures. These have led to fruit fall and the yellowing of leaves, despite the increased amounts of irrigation granted by the Jordan Valley Authority. He has called for interest-free loans to be given in order to ensure the sustainability of the production, as well as other measures.