After the media published video reports showing large numbers of palm trees being uprooted from some areas of southern Iran while they were loaded into trucks in preparation for exporting them abroad, especially to neighboring countries such as Kuwait and Qatar, an Iranian official confirmed the authenticity of the news, attributing this to the water scarcity crisis in the country.
In an interview with the Iranian Labor Agency “ILNA” on Monday, Mohsen Rashid Farrakhi, head of the National Dates Association in Iran, said that “the process of selling palm trees in the city of Bushehr is more than in other areas overlooking the Gulf, and they are sold to countries such as Kuwait and Qatar.”
The southern regions of Iran, especially the provinces of Ahvas and Bushehr, faced protests last summer due to the water crisis, as many farmers reported that their palm trees had dried up.
In a report published by local television in Bushehr, palm farmers in many villages of the province spoke of having to uproot trees and sell them due to lack of water and drought.
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The report pointed out that palm trees are sold at a low price, as each and a half million tomans are paid for each palm, equivalent to less than 55 dollars only.
Earlier, Khosrow Omrani, deputy head of the Iranian “Agricultural Jihad Organization” in Bushehr province, had supported the news of the sale of palm trees, but said that this sale is carried out in accordance with legal licenses in order to export them to the State of Qatar.
On the other hand, Jassem Hazbawi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Palm Growers Union in the province of Ahvas, spoke about the crisis of palm death in this region, saying that the city of Abadan alone had about 6 and a half million palm trees before the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war, but today there are no Only a million palm trees.
And the Iranian government’s construction of many on the upper rivers of the region has led to water scarcity and thus prevented the cultivation of rice, wheat and other crops, and the shortage of drinking water, which caused protests that were violently suppressed.