The olive harvest and grinding season has begun in Afrin, the northwest Syrian canton taken over by Turkey and its Syrian militia proxies earlier this year in the aptly named Operation Olive Branch.
It has been a difficult year for farmers due to low market prices, high taxation, and instability.
One olive grinder in Khalil village, Rajo district says the harvest and grinding process is very costly, eating into their profits.
The market price for olives is very low. Farmers are also lumbered with a 10 percent tax by the local authority and a five percent payment to the grinders.
Some local militants are also allegedly demanding up to 25 percent of farmers’ income.