The Municipal Seed Bank is expanding its activities in various regions of the West Bank
The municipal seed bank of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) carried out a number of workshops and meetings in various governorates of the West Bank in order to raise awareness about municipal seeds, as part of its program. This is organized under the frame of the project promoting the municipal seeds bank "Buthoor", funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. By providing farmers with municipal seeds, the seed bank encourages farmers to use them in agriculture. In the governorate of Jenin, the activity, which targeted 50 students from Deir Abu Da'eef Girls’ School in the governorate, aimed to inform students about the seed bank, the importance of municipal seeds, their use in agriculture and conservation. Deir Abu Abu Zaif village is an agricultural area whose farmers mainly work on tomato cultivation. As such, the team also held meetings in several women's cooperatives, including the Women's Club of Sanour and the Women's Center of Jalqamos in the governorate. Meetings with women’s cooperatives sought to introduce women to the municipal seed bank and the project. In Tubas governorate, the seed bank team delivered a lecture to more than 40 female students from the girls' school of Banat Al-Haja Nabeeha Al-Masri. The lecture included an explanation of the concept of municipal seeds and how they are adapted over the years to the climatic conditions in the Palestinian territories, especially drought conditions. Students were also informed that UAWC has been working on establishing a bank to preserve original seeds from 2003. Additionally, the importance of reviving the cultivation of municipal seeds among the farmers as a means of preserving the seeds was alluded to during the lecture. Lastly, students learned that the seed bank is also working with farmers to encourage them to revive the cultivation of municipal seeds by providing them with seeds, further guidance and support. On another note, the municipal seed bank is hosting student delegations and farmers to introduce them to the seed bank, the nature of its work, and its role in preserving municipal seeds. The bank recently hosted a group of students from Hebron University and hosted a group of farmers from Wadi Fukin village in Bethlehem as part of a workshop held at UAWC’s office in Hebron. The workshop included a dialogue session intended to identify problems that farmers face in the area, as the village is often susceptible to settler violence from the settlement "Beitar Illit", built on the village’s land. The farmers were also acquainted with the seed bank during a tour of the bank's various units, in which they learned more about its activities, and the different methods of cleaning the seeds by using modern equipment and devices. The staff of the municipal seed bank uses these devices to organize the bank, inspect the seeds, and prepare the municipal seed samples for farmers.