Agriculture in Gozarto (Jazira) Region of North and East Syria under increasing pressure from water scarcity and poor economy

ZALIN, Syria — Correspondents from SuroyoTV interviewed several agricultural engineers and farmers in North and East Syria’s Gozarto (Jazira) Region about the current drought which has negatively affected the year’s harvest.

Some of those interviewed indicated that water scarcity issues this season, making worse harvests already affected by years of war.

Others stated that lack of the electrical power and water caused by the drought and cutting off of water sources by Turkey, as well as the economic collapse across the country, has pushed the agricultural sector to the brink of collapse.

Another source of difficulties for the agricultural sector in Gozarto Region is the repeated closure of “internal borders” between North and East Syria and the areas controlled by the Syrian regime, impeding the arrival of many types of grain, trees, and fruits from the Syrian coast.

Most of the farmers demanded more support from the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria. They called for the implementation of a modernization program is decrease water usage through more efficient machinery and irrigation systems.