Extensive agricultural activity

The Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria and the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Gaza are working hard to support the Palestinian agriculture - in recent weeks they acted to send Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip to Israeli agricultural conferences and seminars.
Date: 30.01.13     Author: Uriya Baumer

Last week, the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria and the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Gaza, coordinated the departure of Palestinians agriculture workers to agriculture conferences held in Israel, to review the developments and innovations in agriculture, develop working relationships and see existing production, in order of learning and introducing some of the innovations in their own farms.

On Tuesday (29.1), the Civil Administration coordinated and funded the departure of about 150 Palestinians agriculture workers from Judea and Samaria to the exhibition "Cleantech" - the 17th annual international event for water technologies, energy efficiency , renewable energy,  green building , recycling and green transportation, that take place at the Israel Trade Fairs and Conventions Center, Tel-Aviv..  Through the exhibition, the Agriculturists explored the developments in green agricultural.

This conference joins a seminar on the use of reclaimed water for agriculture, conducted by the Civil Administration agriculture office two weeks ago (January 15 to 17). During the seminar, 22 representatives from the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture were informed on the use of reclaimed water for agriculture, due to the growing shortage of fresh water for irrigation in the area and to increase the knowledge and awareness of this issue in the Palestinians agriculture farms in Judea and Samaria.

In addition, the Civil Administration agriculture officer, Mr Samir Muadi, held last week (24.1) a meeting with Israel's olive sector manager and with the advisor to the Palestinian Minister of Agriculture, following meeting held in October regarding the Palestinian olive sector.  During those two meetings, it was decided on marketing Olive Oil from the Palestinian Authority to Israel, as the olive sector is a central and important sector of the Palestinian agriculture.

In addition, the Gaza DCO coordinated the departure of about 60 agriculture workers from the Gaza Strip to the annual agricultural exhibition of the Arava research and development (R & D) unit held at Yair Station on Wednesday and Thursday (January 30 to 31). The exhibition was attended by representatives of the agricultural crop sectors in Israel and overseas delegations. During the exhibition, displaying crops and technological developments in the field of agriculture, the Gaza DCO agricultural coordinator visit the greenhouses at Ein Yahav that grow tomatoes, peppers, etc.

Trends of promoting agriculture, reclamation and improvement of soil quality, along with professional training for farmers and for the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, strengthened in recent years in view of the common interest and vision to exploit in the best manner the soil and water resources, both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.