QC implements agricultural rehabilitation project in the Gaza Strip

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QC implements agricultural rehabilitation project in the Gaza Strip

6/11/2015 |

QC implements agricultural rehabilitation project in the Gaza Strip

Qatar Charity has implemented a QAR 11 million agricultural rehabilitation project in the Gaza Strip.

The project came within the framework of a project for the development of agricultural areas which were destroyed during the last Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014.

The project is funded by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) program and managed by the Islamic Development Bank.

The rehabilitation began by filling the large pits left by Israeli aircraft attacks on agricultural land and was carried out in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.

The rehabilitation comes at a time when the population of the Gaza Strip is suffering from deteriorating economic and social conditions, particularly those whose homes were bombed and farms bulldozed.

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture praised the project, which it said is an active contributor in real development for the advancement of the agricultural sector.

Other projects

Director of QC’s Gaza office, Mohammed Halloub, explained in a press statement that the project includes planting, rehabilitation and paving of a group of agricultural roads, as well the provision of wells to irrigate agriculture, rehabilitation of the electricity networks of agricultural areas, re-use of treated wastewater in the vicinity of Gaza City and the development and rehabilitation of Ministry of Agriculture nurseries in Gaza.

According to estimates, the cost of the recent Israeli war on the Gaza Strip amounted to US $ 350 million directly and US $ 150 million indirectly.

Fishing sector

The development of agricultural areas project covers all agricultural sub-sectors, including open field cultivation, greenhouses, the rehabilitation of agricultural irrigation water services - including the rehabilitation of water wells and pipe distribution. It also includes support for fishing and the fisheries sector, support and rehabilitation of the livestock sector and the reconstruction of farms that were destroyed.

Commenting on the project, Director General for Planning and Policy in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Nabil Abu Shammala, confirmed that QC is one of the largest international and regional institutions working in support of the rehabilitation of the agricultural sector, pointing out that they contribute to real development for the advancement of the agricultural sector, as opposed to merely providing relief aid.

Abu Shammala noted the importance of the efforts made by QC for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the agricultural sector, which is vital for the Palestinian national gross product and has witnessed a significant decline as a result of the Israeli occupation.

QC has also offered support for the fishing sector in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of 2011 at a total cost of over QAR 30 million to date, benefitting thousands of poor fishermen in the Gaza Strip. The project will reach completion in the next few months, and came as part of a financing agreement between QC and the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah valued at QAR 18.25 million.

Shifaa Medical Complex

QC also signed detailed plans for the Internal Medicine Building at Shifaa Hospital in Gaza City, in cooperation with a group of local and international consultants at a cost of QAR 582,000.

The building will be the largest medical building in the Gaza Strip and has a capacity of 432 beds, on a space of 20,000 square meters, and comes as part of QC’s relief and development plans for the Gaza Strip, as part of its interest in the development of infrastructure for the health sector.

 The agreement was signed by the Deputy Director of the Gaza Strip Office on behalf of Mohamed Abu Halloub, and by Eng Rifaat Diab on behalf of the Coalition for consulting firms, including the Management & Engineering Consultations Office, Ray Consult Company and the Greek DEKTIS CONSULTANT ENGINEERS LTD. (DEKTIS).

The signing ceremony was attended by representatives from the Palestinian Ministry of Health, including the Director General of International Cooperation of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Dr. Mohammed All-Kashif and Director of the Ministry’s Engineering Office Mr.  Mohamed Abu Hamda.