Ministry fight 'enemy' weeds along Sinai border
Agriculture Ministry, IDF seek to combat weeds on Egypt's border that could be used as a hideout for illegal visitors.
Love affair with Sinai unabated Photo: Linda Epstein
The Agriculture Ministry is teaching soldiers ways to combat a stealthy but
quite “hostile” enemy – the weeds that creep up and spread along the country’s
Because the weeds that line the country’s border with
Egypt have been long used as a hideout for illegal visitors, the ministry is
conducting a training course for the army on how to deal with the plants
Recognizing that the weeds could pose a threat to national
security, the IDF turned to the ministry to gain expertise on how to remove the
weeds. Following this request, ministry staff members began working to develop
teaching protocols for efficient and effective spraying methods.
unique spraying course that we have built for the IDF is designed to teach IDF
soldiers the principles of spraying and their application in the field,” said
Boris Bordman, a spraying guide in the Agriculture Ministry’s Extension
“In addition, we are teaching the soldiers toxicology subjects,
methods of spraying, pest control for weeds in uncultivated areas and safety for
spraying at work.”
The course is under way in Beersheba, and was preceded
by a tour of the border perimeter to adapt the program to the needs of the IDF,
the ministry said.