PFU distributes saplings and irrigation equipment to Palestinian farmers as part of third “Million Tree Campaign”

PFU distributes saplings and irrigation equipment to Palestinian farmers as part of third “Million Tree Campaign”

Over the past fortnight the PFU has hosted several events in support of the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature’s third “Million Tree Campaign” at its Jenin, Tubas, Nablus and Jericho branches.

The campaign intends to replant fruit trees as a means of counteracting the damage wrought by the Israeli occupation around the areas where settlements, by-pass roads, and separation walls are being built. Since 2001, the destructive practices associated with the occupation have resulted in the uprooting of over 2.5 million trees. Within the same timeframe, two successive “Million Tree Campaigns” have managed to plant over 2 million trees. By supporting recovery and development in the agricultural sector, the initiative supports Palestinian farmers to hold onto their land. The third “Million Tree Campaign” aims to plant a further one million trees across Palestine in 2015. As such, the PFU has been distributing saplings and irrigation equipment to farmers via its branches in the Jordan Valley area.

Providing farmers with high-quality saplings decreases the amount of time that farmers must tend the trees for until they are ready for harvest, reducing the impact of these attacks on their livelihoods. Similarly, providing farmers with new irrigation systems reduces water loss, thereby increasing crop yield.

Replanting fruit trees damaged by the Israeli occupation helps Palestinian farmers’ to hold on to their land. The PFU extends its thanks to the Welfare Association for funding this initiative in the Jordan valley area, as well as to all other partners in Jordan and Palestine who assisted in implementing this project.