‘Al-Khader Grapes’ and ‘Qalqilya Guava Festival’, Fruitful Results of the One Million Tree Program in Palestine | The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature

The “Green Grape Tent”, a popular grape market in south of Bethlehem, witnessed a productive involvement with APN by farmers of Al Khader town that produced substantial amounts of grape boxes as part of the Million Tree Program in Palestine.

The tent included a variety of grapes, which generally constitute 30% of the total West Bank production annually. Governor of Bethlehem, Kamel Hameed, attended this activity that was sponsored by Al Khader Municipality and the Chamber of Commerce on Sep. 24 September. 

It is important to note that APN has supported farmers in cultivating almost 1000 dunams of agricultural land in Al Khader town. Jaafar Assi, an Al Khader farmer, stated that farmers mainly depend on grape trees highlighting the importance of vineyards adjacent to Jewish settlement borders. 

APN strives to continue its support of Palestinian farmers in order to strengthen their resilience on their lands, especially those threatened by settlements. The three-day tent aims at marketing Palestinian grapes and its products and encouraging people to purchase them.

Later in October, APN joined Palestinian farmers at the fourth Guava festival held in the town of Qalqilya.

Products of the fruit were on display for the three days of the event which kicked off on October 2nd, given the special care it has among Palestinians in its cultivation and harvesting.

The festival, which witnessed great interaction and a distinctive presence, seeks to support and encourage Palestinian agriculture while markets are crowded with Israeli products.

It is noteworthy that APN had supported- and still do- a large number of Palestinian farmers in various Palestinian governorates, within the Group's One Million Tree planting program.