One hundred and twenty Palestinian farmers and agronomists visit Arava “Open Day” agricultural exhibition in Israel, thanks to Civil Administration

The Civil Administration invited over 100 Palestinians to the Arava Agricultural exhibition on Thursday, February 2, 2012.
Date: 12.02.12     Author: Uriya Baumer

Over 100 Palestinian agricultural professionals attended the Arava Agricultural exhibition at the Yair Station, south of the Dead Sea, in order to see the Israeli technological advancements in farming.

The Arava Research and Development organization hosted the exhibition, at which dozens of Israeli companies showed their work, products, and expertise to the public.

Three buses were rented by the Civil Administration to bring Palestinian professionals to the site. Samir Muadi, the Head of the Agriculture Department at the Civil Administration, accompanied the group, and translated the explanations of presenters from Hebrew to Arabic when necessary.

The Agriculture Department organized the whole day trip, dealt with permits, and provided lunches.

Palestinian professionals were thereby provided the opportunity to meet with potential Israeli partners, and to discover important resources, especially in desert farming. The delegation stopped at the Bio-Fly stand, as some of them had already met with representatives of the company a few months ago. Bio-Fly specializes in biological systems for farming.

As a follow up to the exhibition, some of the Palestinian professionals who attended are flying to Germany and the USA to receive training, and will also participate in a 4 day training in Tel-Aviv.