Damascus Countryside, SANA – The second edition of the annual Cherry Festival was held on Wednesday in the town of Qara in al-Qalamoun area, in Damascus Countryside.
The Festival included activities included performances of traditional folk dances, songs, and poetry recitals.
Local farmers said that despite all difficulties, they managed to export their organic cherry crop to Arab and foreign countries, and that they’re working to find new markets for it, noting that marketing their distinctive cherries is the main reason for holding this annual festival.
The farmers said the crop were very good this season, as the rainfall helped increase production.
There are approximately 1.2 million cherry trees in Qara, producing between 4.5 to 6 thousand tons per season.