AL-TABQA- Due to the geographical location of al-Tabqa city, abundance of water and arable land and its environment suitable for agriculture and all the appropriate climatic factors, the Economic Commission through the Committee on Agriculture began to develop the seasonal plan to activate agricultural sites in al-Tabqa and rural areas.
Intensive work is now underway on the granting of agricultural licenses to farmers and providing support according to the available possibilities. Agricultural support is provided in terms of providing (fuel, soft wheat seeds, fertilizer) in order to restore the spirit of agricultural work.
The area of agricultural land in the city and its countryside is more than 9 thousand hectares divided into two parts: the first irrigated land with an estimated area of 47 thousand hectares, and the second section irrigated land with an estimated area of 43 thousand hectares.
According to co-chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Engineer Hamidi al-Abdullah, “During the seasonal plan, the focus will be on supporting soft wheat cultivation. We will provide all facilities to support production in order to provide sufficient quantities of flour to secure bread.”
Al-Tabqa city and its countryside contain about 28 forest sites, which are distributed in the western, eastern and northern regions, including Jazeeret al- Ayed, al-Krain with its 3 sites, al-Huriyya, al-Bou Asi, these forests stretch over 181 thousand hectares between industrial forest, natural forest and fruit trees, irrigated with tanks and water engines through rivers, and work is now being done on dividing sites to determine the percentage of damage and encroachments that occurred on the sites.
A quick irrigation operation is under way for the Abu Qubaa al-Gharbi site, which includes 22,000 olive trees, 3000 pistachio trees and 200 vineyards.
One of the priorities set by the Agricultural Committee within its plan is Jazeeret al-Tabqa Reserve, which occupies an area of 590 hectares and includes different types of forest trees and fruit.
The fruitful trees are olive, pistachio, fig, apricot, vineyards, dates, and pine nuts, as well as the fruit trees (pine, cypress, Syrian elm, linden, daffodil, eucalyptus, in addition to dense herbal cover contains most types of herbal plants, especially aromatic and medicinal ones.
It is worth noting that Jazeeret al-Tabqa Reserve has been largely neglected during the presence of the mercenaries who have turned it into a camp, which has negatively affected the trees and led to a near-total desertification of the area.