The distribution of 4350 growing seedlings within the “Jordan Valley Seedlings” project in Al-Brdlah area

The distribution of 4350 growing seedlings within the “Jordan Valley Seedlings” project in Al-Brdlah area

Ramallah- Jericho Farmers association (PFU branch) distributed 4350 growing seedlings in Al-Bardlah area in the north Valley as a part of the third stage of “Seeding One Million Trees in Palestine – Third phase” program, launched by the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature.

This program is a continuation of the “Jordan Valley-Jericho” project which is being implemented by the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature with the Palestinian Farmers Union and funded by the Welfare Association. The project was launched at the beginning of April 2014; the beneficiaries of this project are 300 farmers who support 2400 dependents within a space of 500 dunums. Moreover, there has been coordination with Al-Brdllah village council to select the targeted farmers, the targeted lands, and to allocate the required seedlings.

PFU Coordinator in Jericho, Laith Dar Tiam, stated that the project focused on distributing growing seedlings such as guava, citrus, and grapes - crops suitable to the nature of this area. He also emphasized the significance of the project in combating the occupation and the danger of the Israeli procedures dredging, confiscating, isolating, and cutting trees. Therefore, there is a need to restore the lands located in Area C that were destroyed by the Israeli attacks.

The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature affirmed that the “One million Trees” program extends across the entire Palestinian territory and aims to offer every available resource to support Palestinian farmers and enhance their resistance. Moreover, the Arab Group emphasized the significance of these projects for Palestinian farmers to maintain agricultural lands, improve the environment, and to provide food security.

It is worth mentioning that the “One million Trees” program, launched and supervised by the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature in cooperation with its partners, has fulfilled the seeding of 2,000,512 growing trees such as olives, citrus, and almonds. This year, the program aims to seed more than 54,400 seedlings in Palestine, reconstruct 50 plastic houses in the Gaza Strip, rebuild 5 destroyed boats in the Gaza Strip, and to provide these boats with 100 trammels. Moreover, it aims to construct 10 agricultural wells and three rainwater harvesting ponds. Finally, all these projects will support and help more than 7000 families and provide 450 job opportunities.