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Gaza Strip nearly self-sufficient in growing grapes
Published Thursday 13/06/2013 (updated) 14/06/2013 12:25
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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.
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1 ) She who eats below / Cherokee
13/06/2013 18:53
Now is the time for Israeli wine makers to share their expertise, and turn grapes into fine wines.

2 ) Libra - scales of justice / United Kingdom
14/06/2013 09:28
Hush do not speak too loud otherwise settlers will come and destroy them.

3 ) lightweaver1213 / USA
15/06/2013 02:23
I think it's wonderful that the farmers in Gaza have come so far in their venture. Now if only Gaza can keep the Israeli tanks out of Gaza and prevent them from mowing down planting fields. Israel was never granted the right from God to do that to any other country or group of people(s). It is a black mark on them as a people supposedly blessed by God.
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