Severe frost, hail damage crops in west Azerbaijan

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Oroumeyeh, May 18, IRNA – Head of Agricultural Jihad Office in the west Azerbaijan province said that damage from severe frost and hail in the current year reached over 9 thousand billion rials.

Esmaeil Karimzadeh said on Saturday that the damage included farming and garden products, animal husbandry and natural resources in the province.

He added that 35 percent of population in the province are working in agricultural sector and considering the wide range of activities in this sector, the allocated credit for the province is not adequate.

Karimzadeh also called Oroumeyeh Lake crisis as one of the important challenges of the province.

He continued that west Azerbaijan province produces more than six million tons of farming and garden products annually, which is exported to other provinces and neighboring countries as well as presented in the provincial domestic markets.