Agriculture Input and Commodity Bulletin - January 2021
|Post date||Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 - 13:50|
- Until the end of January 2021, the characteristic of winter season was different from the regular in Syria, as temperature degrees decreased by end of January to below zero (-1 to -3 C°) across all governorates (except for the coastal governorates). The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) images indicates low vegetation percentage comparing to the previous year.
- The scarcity of snow this season raises concerns on the water situation in the upcoming months, especially in summer. As snow is the main water provider for springs and wells. In January 2021.
- The volatility in the exchange market continued to raise most prices of agricultural inputs, making it out of the vulnerable farmers’ reach in some governorates. Especially barley seed, herbicide, poultry feed, diesel fuel.
- The electricity and fuel shortage is persisting in most governorates. This challenge contributes in raising the agricultural production costs, especially transportation, which limits the farmer’s capacity regarding mitigating climate shocks and other challenges.
- The Government’s subsidized sources are unable to meet the farmer’s full requirements. The existing constraints, further worsened by the Covid-19 impact on supply chains, besides the economic sanctions’ impact on Syria, will continue to affect importation and exportation of most agricultural inputs and commodities respectively.