Qatar Charity (QC), in co-operation with the Ministry of Agriculture of Palestine, has been rehabilitating greenhouses in the Gaza Strip as part of its continued efforts to support the agriculture sector and small farmers in Palestine.
The project benefits 85 small farmers who support poor and low-income families in Palestine.
More than 20,000sq m area has been rehabilitated to improve the income of the targeted families, enhance the resilience of farmers, support the agriculture sector, improve crop production, and provide fresh and healthy food for those working on the project, in addition to the residents of the Gaza Strip.
“Farming is the only source of income for me and my family of seven, and our conditions worsened after a large part of our farm was destroyed due to erosion over time. Qatar Charity has brought back the joy to us by rehabilitating the greenhouse," said Ismail Abu Awad, a beneficiary framer from the Gaza Strip, who has been working in agriculture for over 35 years.
Abu Awwad thanked the people in Qatar, for always supporting the needy and the poor, and QC for its efforts in improving their living conditions.
Kamel Al-Rai, another beneficiary farmer, expressed his happiness at returning to work on his farm, indicating that it is the only source of livelihood for him and his family of seven. The farm has been rehabilitated with the support from benevolent people in Qatar.
Engineer Mohamed Abu Haloub, director of QC’s office in the Gaza Strip, said the goal of the project is to rehabilitate an area of no less than 1,000 sq m for a poor family, in addition to providing a permanent source of income and creating job opportunities for productive families. He emphasised the importance of supporting the agriculture sector in Palestine, and improving the quality of crops to achieve food security.
QC has rehabilitated more than 90 greenhouses with an area of more than 150,000 sq m during the past five years, at a total cost of more than QR1mn, benefiting more than 550 people. Earlier, QC and the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture signed a joint framework (2021-2023) to improve food security in Palestine.