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Recent rainfall rekindles hopes of higher yields in Jordan

The recent rainfall over most parts of Jordan has raised hopes of high productivity in the agriculture sector. General Director of the National Agricultural Research Centre Nizar Haddad told The Jordan Times: “Rainfall rates have revived hopes for a good agricultural season and dispelled farmers' fears of the lack of irrigation water. The arrival of rainfall at such a time will bring tremendous benefits to field crops, especially open and tree crops such as citrus and palms.”

Head of the Jordan Valley Farmers Union Adnan Khaddam emphasized that the recent snowfall in many parts of the country 'did not inflict significant damage to crops as the continuous rainfall reduced the chances of frost formation'.

The rains could alleviate farmers' financial burdens, Haddad said, noting that rainwater and low temperatures reduce the chance of crop infection, and thereby the need for spraying crops. Rain also helps in lowering soil salinity and sustaining the growth of rangelands.


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