Financial losses mount

Grasshopper infestation devastates crops in Penjwen

PENJWEN – A severe grasshopper infestation in the Penjwen district of Sulaymaniyah is wreaking havoc on local agriculture, with farmers facing unprecedented damage to crops like watermelons and tomatoes.

The infestation, which experts attribute to insufficient snowfall, has resulted in significant financial losses for the agricultural community.

Harem Namiq, a farmer from near Nizara village in Penjwen, told 964media that while his fields have periodically faced infestations, this year’s event is unparalleled.

“After planting, our crops were reinfested, diminishing much of our expected yield,” Namiq said. He estimates his losses at nearly two million dinars, approximately $1,526.

Efforts to combat the pests with various pesticides have proven futile, forcing farmers like Namiq to abandon parts of their cultivated land.

Osman Jalal, an agricultural engineer in Penjwen, explained that villages including Nizara, Daragurgan, and areas near the Nalparez sub-district are particularly hard hit. “The lack of sufficient snowfall in Penjwen usually helps to naturally curb the pest population,” Jalal said. Despite suggesting specific pesticides, Jalal admitted that the severity of this year’s infestation renders most treatments ineffective.

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