Giving a Helping Hand to Palestinian Agriculture

 

Agricultural company Paskal and the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria (CA) invited 30 Palestinian farmers from northern Samaria for a day of study on agricultural cultivation methods and innovations.

 

On Tuesday, (9.11.2017) at the initiative of the CA’s Agriculture Coordination Officer, Samir Mawadi, and in collaboration with the Paskal Agricultural Products Company, Palestinian farmers from northern Samaria were invited for a day of studying the methods to grow “hanging” vegetables.

The morning of the conference, 30 farmers and representatives of the company gathered at the hotel Hacienda, in Maalot Tarshiha. After breakfast, David Sacks, the CEO of Paskal, spoke about the company and the advantages they present.

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In addition, a lecture was given in Arabic on the advantages of growing vegetables in greenhouses while using the "hanging" method, in comparison to traditional growth methods, which creates a larger yield (sometimes 3 or 4 times as much produce.) Along with producing higher quality products, the “hanging method”, increases the length of the harvest period, lengthens the shelf life of the produce and significantly reduces the use of pesticides.

The farmers expressed great interest in the advantages and methods of cultivation, farmers asked many questions and even raised new ideas on how to use the method in creative ways. Muhammad Mar'i, one of the farmers on the tour, stated that he welcomes cooperation in the field of agriculture, especially the production of the "baby cucumber", which he makes a good living from selling in Israeli markets. Muhammad expressed the hope that marketing would be expanded and that in the future, agricultural produce would be able to reach the Israeli market directly from the field.

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In the afternoon, Paz Golan, head of the technological branch in Paskal, explained the development of the world's agricultural growth, and new and more efficient technologies and methods for improving crops.

This step is one of many initiatives of the Civil Administration and the Agriculture Ministry to assist Palestinian farmers and the Palestinian economy, a step from which everybody benefits.