Head of the Syrian Interim Government, Abdurrahman Mustafa, accompanied by Vice President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Abdul Majeed Barakat, inaugurated a branch of the General Foundation for Seed Multiplication in Al-Raie, Aleppo province on Tuesday.
The opening ceremony was attended by Abdel Baset Abdel Latif, Secretary of the SOC’s political committee, members of the political committee and General Assembly, the head of the local council in Al-Raie, leaders of provincial and local councils, as well as media activists and prominent figures.
Mustafa commended the General Foundation for Seed Multiplication for its crucial role in enhancing seeds and cultivating improved, high-quality crops that will benefit farmers in advancing and diversifying agricultural products in liberated areas.
Minister of Agriculture, Hail Ahmed Khalif, said that the Seed Multiplication Foundation, affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture, focuses on multiplying reliable Syrian wheat varieties and distributing them to farmers through multiplication contracts. The newly opened branch comprises three sections: the seed sifting section, responsible for cleaning and sterilizing seeds; the plant nursery section, providing necessary trees for farmers; and the agricultural mechanization section, offering cost-effective services with a fleet of agricultural machines.
Khalif emphasized the presence of several branches of the General Foundation for Seed Multiplication across liberated areas like Mare’, Azaz, and Al-Bab, along with seed multiplication stations in Afrin and Azaz. The Ministry of Agriculture aims to develop these centers to better serve farmers in the liberated areas.
Director General of the General Foundation for Seed Multiplication, Maan Nasser, highlighted the new Al-Raie branch’s one-hectare area, specializing in producing, preserving, and distributing wheat seeds. The branch also offers agricultural mechanization services and operates a plant nursery for fruitful and forestry crops, including olive, vine, and pistachio trees. Nasser stressed the institution’s commitment to enhancing coordination efforts to support farmers, provide improved seeds, and ensure increased production, along with the necessary agricultural equipment.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)