ACTNews, GAZA – Being a farmer in Gaza, Palestine, is hard. They often get oppression from the Israelis and the Israeli armed troops. The Israeli army often destroys the agricultural land of Gazan farmers.
The blockade in Gaza also makes it difficult for farmers to get enough water to irrigate their land. Many plants die, and many farmers lose money.
Firdaus Guritno from ACT’s Global Humanity Response (GHR) team explains Gazan farmers often cannot start their farming cycle again. “ACT is trying to help Gazan farmers. We provide agricultural capital from benefactors," said Firdaus, Tuesday (9/7/2021).
The beneficiaries of this assistance were poor farmers who own land but do not have the capital to buy seeds, fertilizers, and farming equipment. Firdaus said ACT also gave olive and orange tree seeds to farmers. "This assistance is following the recommendations of the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture," said Firdaus.
ACT team also helped farmers to cultivate their land during plantings, such as provide plow machines and irrigation systems. This is not the first time ACT gave agricultural assistance. Previously, ACT also provided business capital assistance to farmers.