Gazan farmers adopt green economy to reap financial harvest

 Each morning, more than 140 Palestinian farmers, men and women, gathered in the town of Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip to grow crops to sell. "This scene has long been absent from a town famous for being an agricultural area, due to the difficult political and economic conditions," Munir Hamdouna, a 63-year-old farm owner in the town of Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, said.

As a father of 13, Hamdouna said he was happy to see the resumption, noting that he has resorted to a local agriculture initiative as part of Gaza's pursuit of a green economy that emphasizes both eco-friendliness and profits.

Hamdouna grows many crops, including tomato, cucumber, strawberry, melon, guava, and many others, which take much time to plant and harvest. One of the modern farming methods he applied was hanging strawberry, a method for saving space, making room for other types of berries. Another one is the use of renewable energy and rainwater.

Hamdouna's farm is one of two pilot projects recently launched in the Gaza Strip. "The aim of establishing these two farms is to reduce environmental risks and achieve sustainable development without leading to a state of environmental degradation," Noha al-Sharif, public relations officer at the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Society, told.

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