Livestock endangered in Syria

27-04-2014

 

ARA News

 

Tel Temir, Hasakah, Syria− With the continuation of the Syrian crisis, not only people, but also livestock is suffering. Some economic reports talked about the restricted movement of herds and the unavailability of veterinary drugs and other required materials. 

Wael Bakri, head of the Veterinarian Union in As-Sweida governorate, south of Syria, stated that nearly 70% of the livestock breeders have suspended procreation since last September due to high costs of nourishment, fuel and veterinary drugs.

Dr. Luqman Hussein emphasized the negative effect of the crisis on livestock, stating to ARA New: “Less livestock means less productivity due to lack of feed and vaccination as well as the ongoing migration from rural areas.”  

Security situations have their influence too, depending on the militants’ operations in the populated areas.

In Gueran area, south of al Hasakah, for example, a goatherd was stuck due to the clashes between the Islamic battalions and the regime troops in this area. 

In a related context, on February 2013, Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) took a cow farm in Tel Temir as a stronghold. According to activists, this came after clashes between YPG fighters and armed opposition battalions.

Around 177,000 tons of animal protein, necessary for growing crops, is produced in Syria. 

According to some traders working on the Jordanian-Syrian borders, tens of thousands of sheeps were smuggled into Jordan over the past months with the escalation of violence in Syria’s southern areas.

 

Reporting by: Dilbrin Shergo

Source: ARA News

 

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