Wednesday, Oct. 18
Latest News
  1. Israeli settlers steal olive harvest from Nablus-area villages
  2. Israel demolishes 2 homes in East Jerusalem, displacing 9
  3. Palestinian officials begin transferring control of Gaza borders
  4. Israeli settlers steal olive harvest, attack Palestinian farmers
  5. Israeli bulldozers level land in northern Gaza Strip
  6. Gaza fishermen deny reports saying Israel to expand fishing zone
  7. Israeli forces detain 16-year-old Palestinian in overnight raids
  8. Israeli forces detain 2 Palestinians crossing Gaza border into Israel
  9. 5 Palestinians injured during clashes with Israeli forces in Gaza
  10. Saeb Erekat in recovery after successful lung transplant

Gaza Strip nearly self-sufficient in growing grapes

June 13, 2013 5:43 P.M. (Updated: June 14, 2013 12:25 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Only a few years after farmers in the Gaza Strip started to harvest seedless grapes, the sector has likely achieved self-sufficiency with more than 1,500 acres of vineyards.

Muhammad Abu Kamil, the Gaza ministry of agriculture’s director general of rural development, told Ma’an Tuesday his ministry would not allow importing any grapes from outside.

“There are 7,000 dunums (1,750 acres) of vine trees including seedless grapes,” he said during a ceremony declaring the start of grape season in the Gaza Strip.

He highlighted that seedless grapes ripen early in the season which helps with self-sufficiency.

Hammad Abu Arada, a Gaza farmer, says 1,000 square meters of vine trees produc between 2.5 and 3 tons of grapes. He added that with good irrigation, productivity would likely increase.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2017