Pesticide flights to resume near Gaza

Follows pressure on Transport Ministry by farmers claiming financial losses.

March 18, 2007 19:38
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The head of the Transport Ministry's Security Department Dani Shenar announced on Sunday evening that he intended to adhere to the requests of Negev farmers and remove the ban on pesticide-spraying planes near the Gaza Strip's borders. Shenar recently approved a guidance plan outlawing flights for farming purposes near the Strip. These guidelines caused much uproar within the farming community in the Negev and Gaza Belt areas, who claimed the bar on those flights had large financial consequences. Alon Shuster, the head of Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, told Army Radio that "the result of not flying and spaying the crops with pesticide is that crops such as potatoes and wheat will no longer be growing in the area. Consequently, there will be no settlement in the region."

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