In cooperation with Bethlehem Farmers Association, APN completes its project “Supporting Farmers of Bethlehem II” in the villages of Bethlehem that are surrounded by more than 50 settlement outposts.
The aforementioned projects targeted 506 dunams of land (namely Al-Khodor, Wadi Fukin, Beter, Beit Jala, and Beit Sakaria), owned by 113 farmers supporting 820 persons. The projects were as follows:
1.Planting 16,800 fruitful trees, with particular focus on growing grape trees, which bring in considerable economic benefit to the rural families;
2. Planting 240 dunams of land with some 289,000 local seeds, including cucumber, squash, eggplants, cauliflower, and okra;
3. Installing agricultural fencing around 20 dunams of farmland;
4. Rehabilitating 10 dunams of agricultural land as follows:
a. Rehabilitating a political prisoner’s land, who has been released from Israeli jails after 21 years of imprisonment.
b. Rehabilitating a farmer’s land, which lies near the Ghosh Atsion settlements in Beit Sakaria.