The Golan Heights 370.
(photo credit: Seth J. Frantzman)
The cabinet on Sunday approved a plan that will enable the development of
hundreds of new agricultural estates on the Golan Heights in the next five
The plan, proposed jointly by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
and Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir, calls for the construction of 750
agricultural estates between the years 2014 and 2018.
strengthen agricultural activity in the region, the government is to invest NIS
275 million during this time period to prepare the lands, upgrade water systems,
clear mines in the area and perform other necessary activities, the Agriculture
“Residents of the Golan rely heavily on agriculture as a
source of income, and this decision comes with the goal of expanding employment
opportunities for them and creating anchors that will strengthen their
communities on the Golan,” Shamir said.
The plan will require
transforming about 3,000 hectares of land near existing communities into
agricultural fields, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Along with other
relevant authorities, the ministry staff members will be responsible for
developing a detailed plan concerning the infrastructural overhaul of the
In the course of these agricultural developments, the Water
Authority will formulate a rehabilitation plan for the water systems of the
Golan Heights, which will cost about NIS 113m. The Defense Ministry will also
need to contribute toward transforming former mine fields into farming land, the
Agriculture Ministry explained.