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Syria: Western Idlib growers celebrate pomegranate harvest

The Salqin area in the western countryside of Idlib, northwest Syria, is famous for its pomegranates. The harvest period extends through October and November. The harvesting and processing of pomegranates provide job opportunities for hundreds of people in the region.

Unfortunately, pomegranate farmers in the western countryside of Idlib face many obstacles. The crop is sold at low prices locally because of the difficulty of exporting it. A kilogram of pomegranates in opposition-controlled areas in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib is sold at three Turkish liras, equivalent to 35 cents, according to the prevailing exchange rates.

Idlib pomegranates were sold all across Syria and in Iraq and Jordan before the revolution in 2011. Some traders who support the Salvation Government affiliated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham are now buying the crop to export it outside Syria. The Salvation Government is now working to help the pomegranate farmers to export their crop abroad through the Bab al-Hawa crossing towards Turkey and from there to Iraq.


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