TRACTOR MAINTENANCE: UNAVAILABLE SPARE PARTS AND HIGH COSTS

TRACTOR MAINTENANCE: UNAVAILABLE SPARE PARTS AND HIGH COSTS
Investigations | 17 Dec 2014

Abu Mohammed continued to work as an agricultural tractors' mechanic. After briefly fleeing to Turkey when fighting broke out in his village in the Lattakia countryside; he returned after it came under opposition control, and is now enjoying some relative calm.

Abu Mohammed feels the importance of what he does for the people of his village. Most of them work in agriculture, and need someone to offer maintenance of their agricultural tools, often subject to breakdowns.

The man worries for the future of his village's peasants. According to him, the cost of tractor maintenance more than quadrupled, due to the scarcity of spare parts, which now usually have to be secured from Turkey. He stresses that such would lead to a rise in the prices of vegetables, and will inevitably reflect negatively on the population.


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