Israel Offers Free Agricultural Training to PA Officials (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 05/30/12)
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The Israeli Civil Administration organized a three-day seminar, free
of charge, for officials of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of
Agriculture at the Seasons Hotel in Netanya, Coordination of
Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) reported.
The seminar, which took place from May 21 to 23, included lectures by
Israeli experts, professors and officials from the Israeli Ministry
of Agriculture, focused on various agricultural technologies and
methods of plant protection.
“This workshop is intended to provide information about technologies
that we use in Israel to protect and improve crops in open-fields and
green houses,” said Ayman Assad of the Agriculture Department of the
“Through these workshops we are improving the relationship,
cooperation and communication with the Palestinian Authority,” he
The Agricultural Department of the Civil Administration works with
Arab farmers in the fields to gather information regarding problems
affecting their trade. Based on the information produced, the
Ministry of Agriculture organizes seminars, lectures and training in
Israel to increase the quality and output of their crops, explained
ministry official Shlomo Ekaïam.
“Palestinians and Israeli consumers eat fruit and vegetables coming
from Israel and the West Bank, so we collectively strive for the best
agricultural standards,” he stated.
“I came here many times, maybe eight or ten times. It is important
for our team to come because 16 of us are young engineers who need
experience and more field-training,” said Mohammed Saïd Lahan,
Director of the Flower and Vegetable Protection and Preservation
Department of the Palestinian Authority.
On Wednesday, the Palestinian delegation was taken to Beit Shean for
training in open-fields.
Najud, 23, an agricultural engineer from Jericho reflected on the
opportunity saying, “I’m happy to learn here, the lectures are very
intense and I wish we had more time to visit!” (IsraelNationalNews ©
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