Agriculture

 

The Agriculture Office at the Civil Administration is responsible for the coordination and liaison with its Palestinian counterparts in the fields of: veterinary, plant protection, marketing, importing, training,seminars, and forestry.

The office handles the issuance of import licenses and each year the transfer of thousands of cattle and sheep to the Palestinian market in Judea and Samaria is coordinated. This coordination greatly contributes to lowering of meat prices in the market and to creating competition between importers.

Each year, the office conducts trainings for dozens of Palestinian farmers in the fields of strawberry, pest control, baby cucumbers and more. The office conducts all relevant meetings for various agricultural seasons, such as the olive harvest or plowing season, and coordinates the marketing of agricultural produce to Israel and abroad.

In 2014, the Civil Administration and the USAID organization established a project to promote the increase of strawberry growth in Jenin, Tulkarem, Qalqilya and Tubas. This project led to significant agricultural and economic development in these cities and in 2016 approximately 425 tons of strawberries were produced, with the estimated income of five million NIS. Due to this success, many farmers decided to join the project and in the upcoming season crops will spread throughout approximately 25 acres, compared to approximately 15 acres in the previous season. The project is expected to generate approximately 770 tons, with the estimated revenue of eight million NIS for farmers.

The foresters who work in all forests of Judea and Samaria regularly supervise and enforce the Forest Ordinance, for the purpose of developing them and handling fires. In 2016 the Civil Administration invested approximately half a million NIS in works of thinning and forest management, with an emphasis on forests adjacent to residential areas, due to, among other reasons, the lessons learned from the Mount Carmel fire disaster.

Areas of responsibility and services:

  • Tending to and supervising of forests in Area C, including the enforcement of the Forest Ordinance, granting licenses, ongoing supervision of forest care, rehabilitation and pest control and examining forest fires.

  • Issuing import licenses as an authorized authority vis-a-vis the Palestinian Authority for agricultural goods to Judea and Samaria and to the Gaza Strip.

  • Coordinating the movement of Palestinian instructors and veterinary teams in the Judea and Samaria area and their transition between Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

  • Holding courses, seminars and tours for Palestinian professionals and farmers in the field of agriculture and arranging participation in agricultural exhibitions.

  • Organizing and participating in joint Israeli-Palestinian committees and subcommittees in the field of agriculture.

  • Sampling pre-harvest agricultural products before their marketing.

  • Coordinating with authority representatives prior to agricultural seasons.

 

Contact Us

Postion
Coordination Officer
Name
Samir Mawadi
Phone

+972-​2-9977757

Fax
+972-2-9977099