Hama, SANA_ The family planting project, which was launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform three years ago in a number of provinces, is one of the pioneering projects in support of poor families through achieving self-sufficiency of summer and winter vegetables and selling surplus ones in the local market.
The project that was implemented on three stages in al-Ghab area began in 2018 and supported 2030 families there.
The Director of Human Resources at the General Commission for Management and Development of al-Ghab Jalal Hanin told SANA that the family planting project aims to improve families’ living conditions, especially those of martyrs, the wounded and to meet the local market’s needs of various kinds of crops.
He indicated that the idea of the project is based on investing the land area surrounding the house by planting it with summer and winter vegetables and providing all the production requirements of seeds, irrigation networks and agricultural medicines for free.
Hanin clarified that the selection of the beneficiaries of the project depends on specific conditions such as the financial situation, indicating that top priority is given to the families of the martyrs, the wounded, and those who are the only breadwinners of their families and the most in need.
On her part, Head of the Rural Women Development Department at the General Commission Sarab Bshara, indicated that during the implementation stages of the project training courses are carried out for beneficiaries to train them on how to install and use the irrigation network in addition to direct supervision of agricultural operations to the production stage.
She called for increasing the number of beneficiary families during the coming stages of the project.
In turn, a number of beneficiary women of the project said that the grants, which they obtained from the family planting project in al-Ghab region, contributed to ensure their families’ needs of vegetables, improve their financial conditions, encourage them to grow their garden continuously, and provide them with a chance to know the appropriate steps of cultivation process.