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 Farmers of the Jordan Valley request support from the Palestinian government

Farmers of the Jordan Valley request support from the Palestinian government

2019-05-12
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The Union of Agricultural Work Committees, in partnership with Aman Center, completed three accountability sessions held in the northern Jordan Valley in Tubas, the central valley region in the village of Jiftlik, and in the southern Jordan Valley region in Jericho. Eighty farmers participated in the events as part of the ‘Valleys: rights to combat policies’ project,  funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.


The sessions aimed at determining the primary issues faced by farmers in the Jordan Valley. The policies and legislations affecting the agricultural sector were discussed during the sessions in preparation for a campaign to be launched by UAWC related to national policies for the agricultural sector, most notable of which is the topic of tax recovery.

Furthermore, the sessions helped bring to light various problems and obstacles faced by farmers in the Jordan Valley, such as tax problems, the high cost of inputs for small-scale producers, the risk prevention fund problem, and the difference between what farmers record as losses and that they get back in compensations. In addition, farmers noted difficulties associated with tax refunds, related to the duration of the refund period and the discount rate on the amount refunded. Lastly, farmers voiced their complaints regarding the private sector companies and their expansion at the expense of agricultural land,  as well as the high water and electricity costs incurred by the farmers.

As such, the farmers call on the Palestinian government to reconsider the Paris Convention, especially with regard to the agricultural sector. They urge the prohibition of agricultural settlement products to enter Palestinian markets. Farmers also called for an extended conference in the Jordan Valley region, in which all relevant ministries, civil society organizations, farmers and merchants attend to understand what it is happening to the agricultural sector and the Jordan Valley. Hence, all participants can work together to find alternatives and solutions furthering the resilience and steadfastness of farmers in the Jordan Valley.