Wafaa Issa, director of the project for women's cooperatives in the field, told The New Arab: "The idea of the agricultural surface project was the idea of female cooperatives working in jams and pickles. These pickles should have certain criteria. To be free of chemicals. And we looked for the source of the plant to ensure the safety of the products, if the fruits were exposed to chemicals, the taste of pickles produced from the vacuum and not very hard, hence the idea of cultivation on the roofs in the homes of plastic
"This project was initiated by the Al Karama Foundation in Palestine ten years ago, and the project is the cultivation of surfaces, specifically through plastic tubes covered by the stores that I saw the project through Facebook and we continue with the Foundation to know the mechanism of Work, "We agreed with her that some of them would come to Lebanon to train the women involved in the project, but the occupation authorities did not allow them to travel."
Hence it follows that cooperatives have managed to overcome this obstacle and have relied on the internet for training. The idea was for older women to participate, especially because most of the Palestinians who came to Lebanon were farmers and women cultivated the land. The project was thus an opportunity to re-unite women to agriculture. "We have to face a problem. Agriculture must be on the roofs. Construction in the field is perpendicular. It is difficult for older women to climb the stairs, especially because plants need daily care, so they included the men in the project to become four women and six men ".
"We launch the project with an active association, and in the first phase, in the first three years, stores are provided by the association and are owned by them, so that we will ensure the seriousness of the workers in the project, while agricultural crops will be for farmers" .
"We encountered several difficulties. When we tried to introduce tubes, iron, plastic and tanks, we had to obtain a license from the intelligence of the Lebanese army and, after installing and installing, we filmed them to make sure they were only stores. The quantities we introduce are few, and there is no suspicion that the construction will be for example. "
"They planted in 52 tubes, and one of the conditions of the store was to the east, and in each store seven pipes were placed, and in each pipe seven seedlings." Buying a tube requires great care and a long investigation, since it can be exposed to large quantities of chemicals. This affects production and gives the idea that our project was, in addition to it could damage the ground, so insects spread and die. "
The project is followed by agricultural engineer, Amani Dagher, who also trains women involved in how to handle the plant and insects. "Pesticides are not allowed in the project, although the soil has specific specifications, we do not use any animal fertilizer before treatment, nor do we use them in plastic containers," said Issa. The tubes are used for fifteen years, and the floor serves a whole year but then we offer it to the sun, And harvest them and fertilize them With its ventilation, use again. "
"We have seeds from Ramallah that are not exposed to chemicals and we will grow." Our current production focuses on cucumbers, tomatoes, beans and strawberries and we plant the stores one by one of the season, so that we can control the spread of insects. Each type of vegetable is invaded by insects of different species. "
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