Agriculture in Qamishlo canton is the most prominent aspect of the economy in the region, as the people of the region depend on it for a basic source of their income, and wheat and barley are among the basic crops that people depend on their cultivation, the Turkish state that looted wheat and seed from the silos of Serekaniye and Girê Spi, is even fighting today the peoples in northern and eastern Syria on their livelihood, in order to hit the region's economy, and endanger the food security of the people of the region.
"We did not cultivate an area of 5,000 dunums of our farmland on the border."
Just a few meters away from the border between Rojava and Bakur Kurdistan, Muhammad Saeed Hussein, 38, from the village of Kharab Kurt Aqsa, west of Qamishlo, northern Syria, is busy repairing his farm tractor, which appears to be parked in front of the house this year though it seems it will remain parked there, since he lost hope to cultivate his agricultural lands near the borders between his village and Bakur Kurdistan, as a result of the continuous Turkish provocations against the people of this village who are subject to many violations by the Turkish occupation army.
"The Turkish occupation targets us in various ways."
Commenting on this issue, the farmer Muhammed Saeed explains: We did not grow our crops adjacent to the border with Turkey this year, showing I have lands on the borders of an area of 5,000, the Turkish occupation army is not allowed to cultivate our lands; snipers of the occupation army open fire at us.
Muhammad Husain noted, “a while ago, I headed towards my farmland, so the Turkish soldiers on the border in fired live bullets at us.” He said: "They do not allow us to cultivate our lands stretching from our village to the village of Taalak in the east."
Muhammad Hussein said: We are planting our agricultural crops to secure a livelihood for our children; we do not have any work other than farming, and he stressed that the Turkish occupation army is trying to target them in various ways.
A shepherd leaning against his crutch ... fear approaching the border
The residents of the village of Khurab Kurt remain throughout the day in the range of snipers of the Turkish occupation army stationed at the border, so that the villagers cannot move comfortably about the borders, so whoever ranges their sheep near the border or cultivates lands will face a Turkish bullet, while we were roaming inside the village by chance, we met an old man, leaning on his crutch, he was ranging his sheep in the vicinity of the village, far from the sight of the snipers of the occupation army stationed on the border. He says, heading towards us: "My son, we are afraid of approaching the border."
Turkey and its mercenaries looted wheat, cotton, seeds, and compost
The co-chair of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock in Qamishlo canton Ahmed Suleiman said: We distributed soft and hard seeds, organic fertilizers and urea to farmers according to the agricultural plan that was established for the year 2019/2020. In addition, we distributed diesel oil to farmers according to the area of the land that is being cultivated in the form of batches.
Suleiman explained: The Turkish attacks and the mercenaries loyal to them not only target humans, but also the economy and water and natural wealth. He said: The attacks directly affected the region's economy, mainly on farmers.
Suleiman explained: The mercenaries stole the silos of Girê Spi and Serekaniye, the seeds, fertilizers and cotton that were sifted, sterilized and prepared for this season, too. Suleiman stressed that the peasants who have agricultural lands on the border cannot cultivate their lands because the Turkish state is attacking them and shooting them, stressing that more than 200 thousand dunums have not been cultivated along the border because of Turkish attacks.
According to a statement issued by the Economic Commission for North and East Syria earlier that the agricultural lands occupied and the amount of agricultural materials and supplies looted from silos by the Turkish occupation army as follows:
The area of agricultural land located in the two areas is Girê Spi and Serekaniye: in Girê Spi it is (4,750,000) acres and in Serekaniye (1,440,000) acres.
The total of wheat in the silos of Serekaniye and Girê Spi regions (42,700 tons) and (2,300) tons of seeds, the total of barley found in Serekaniye and Girê Spi (33,000) tons, the cotton stolen in Serekaniye from the silos of Safih (2,600) tons, fertilizers in the areas of Girê Spi and Serekaniye, which were all stolen by the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries, estimated at 3,200 tons.