Sources at the Bahraini farming, seed and fertilizer marketing industry have rejected claims that the high prices of fertilizers and seeds are the main cause for the current problems facing local farmers.
In an article appearing in Akhbar Alkhaleej, the general director of Al-Badr agriculture company, Nasser Abbas, was reported as saying that the principal obstacle facing this sector is the traditional and undeveloped farming methods used in Bahrain. Abbas added that the overwhelming majority of local farmers do not receive adequate instruction and training necessary to develop efficient and successful farms similar to those in other countries.
Furthermore, Abbas stated that the local price of seeds is relatively low, considering that if planted correctly, a diminutive quantity yields a large number of shrubs. For example, each half-kilogram of tomato seeds, costing BD 18, is enough to produce 150,000 shrubs. The total consumption of shrubs in Bahrain ranges between 250,000 and 300,000 tons annually, thus, the total cost of tomato shrubs required in Bahrain does not exceed BD 36 per season. –(Albawaba-MEBG)