(Communicated by COGAT - Coordinator of Government Activities in the
In preparation for the beginning of the next flower export season, a meeting
was held at the Gaza District Coordination and Liaison Office (DCL), between the
DCL Agriculture Coordinator, heads of agricultural associations in Gaza, and the
projects manager from the Netherlands mission in Ramallah. Palestinian farmers
were given the opportunity to raise ideas, conclusions and requests prior to the
start of the season. "The Coordinator of Government Activities in the
Territories supports agricultural export and will assist as much as possible in
promoting agricultural crops", said Agriculture Coordinator at the DCL, Mr. Uri
Madar. "Everything will be done to facilitate exports."
At the meeting, the new export development program initiated by the Dutch
government was presented. Until now, since 2006, the Dutch government provided
two different assistance programs for the farmers in Gaza, which will be
consolidated into one large development program. "The major difference is that
now all elements of cultivating crops and all export processes will be the sole
responsibility of the Palestinian firms," said the Dutch representative.
"Continued activity for the next 3-4 years depends on the development of
Palestinian independence in cultivation and export." Thus, rather than providing
training and guidance for the farmers, the the main purpose of the new program
is the gradual reduction of assistance until the attainment of economic
independence in 2016.
During the previous export season, over 450 tons of strawberries, 250 tons of
tomatoes, 50 tons of pepper and 9,000,000 flower units were exported. The next
export season is due to begin in November.