Agricultural Cooperation 311.
(photo credit: Aaron Menenberg)
While direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority might be
lagging, the flow of information and training regarding agricultural matters is
Just last week, 26 PA Agriculture Ministry employees took
part in a three-day seminar on pastures organized by the Civil Administration of
Judea and Samaria in conjunction with the Agriculture Ministry.
no one-off project either, but part of an ongoing series of workshops on all
sorts of agricultural topics designed to transfer knowledge from Israel to the
PA, Sameer Moaddi, agricultural coordinator for the civil administration, told
The Jerusalem Post
“There’s a good budget for these kinds of
projects, so we have people coming over all the time. Last week was about
pastures, this week we are touring in the South with JNF/KKL, and taking a tour
of Tnuva. In December, we’re going to hold a seminar on growing produce for
export,” he said.
“They don’t have the knowledge and experience that we
do, so we’re doing what we can to pass it on,” he added.
Last week, 30
people, four of them from Moaddi’s department, spent two days in classes in
Haifa and then traveled to see a pasture in the South near Lehavim.
PA has 2 million dunams [200,000 hectares] of pasture land. Israel has 2 million
dunams of permanent pasture land and another 2 million of seasonal pasture land.
There are 500 Israeli farmers with large land holdings and another 500 smaller
ones, mostly Beduin,” Moaddi said.
It’s no small task to keep a pasture
properly producing, so the seminar focused on preservation, introducing the
right livestock to the pasture, enriching the pasture and providing the right
Taking care of pastures improperly can degrade them
or damage them, “if the animals get in among the crops,” for instance, according
to Moaddi. The course also included field management techniques.
is in constant contact with the PA Agriculture Ministry, which both helps select
participants for the seminars and also sometimes requests specific topics, he
said. Moaddi is happy to oblige if at all feasible.
So while the dust-ups
over final-status issues drum up front-page headlines around the world, behind
the scenes there is ongoing cooperation in the business of feeding all the
people between the river and the sea.