UAWC and PECDAR sign a partnership agreement to support agricultural production
The Union of Agricultural Work
Committees (UAWC) and the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and
Reconstruction (PECDAR) signed a partnership agreement with a total value of
800,000 dollars to implement projects to support and develop food production and
encourage agricultural production in the south-east of Hebron and Qarawat Bani
Zeid in Ramallah governorate, that is funded by the Arab Monetary Fund and
through the Islamic Development Bank.
The project aims to improve the
economic situation of marginalized families and increase the cultivated area in
Palestine, which will contribute to the development and improvement of the
agricultural sector and improve small farmers' incomes by improving their agricultural
The project will reclaim 200
dunums of lands, build retaining walls and stone chains with a length of 15,000
m, rehabilitate and excavate 26 agricultural wells and open agricultural roads
with a length of 27 km, as well as provide farmers with their needs of seedlings.
From UAWC's part, Eng. Fuad Abu
Saif, UAWC's director, confirmed that this project comes in line with UAWC's
strategic objectives to strengthen farmers' steadfastness of their lands, and
protect the lands and natural resources from the threat of confiscation.
From PECDAR's part, Dr. Mohammed
Ashtia, president of PECDAR, stressed on the importance of this convention in
promoting one of the most important elements of the economy, which is the land,
at a time when the Israeli occupation forces their control over production
inputs and increase their confiscation of land and water resources to expand their
settlements over our land and hinder any possibility of real development.
In addition, Dr. Ashtia stressed
on the notion that the development of agricultural sector will preserve our land and water resources, thus creating an
effective resistance component in the face of Israeli settlement and thus,
creating the building block for the end of the Israeli occupation