Hama, Syria, June 6, 2018. The harvest of chickpeas begins in the village of Zaizoun, northwest of Hama, Central Syria. Chickpeas production this year has decreased by 40 percent due to volatile weather conditions.
The volatile weather caused the chickpeas crops to be infected with fungal diseases in the stem and root. This led to a decrease in the production of chickpeas to 100-125 kg per dunum, as it was last year 200 kg.
In June 2018, the head of the Agriculture Department in the al-Ghab plain said that the region had lost 140 thousand tons of wheat crop this season, equivalent to 20 percent, as a result of natural factors and bombing by the Syrian government.