Civil Administration implements alternative to pesticides in Judea and Samaria

A project currently underway within the administration seeks to control the population of noxious flies in Judea and Samaria without the use of pesticides

Date: 30/07/2012, 10:17 AM     Author: COGAT Website

The Civil Administration is currently working on a 300,000-shekel project to control the population of noxious flies in agricultural areas of Judea and Samaria without the use of pesticides.
 
Every week, the Civil Administration purchases two million infertile flies and transfers them to representatives of the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, who oversee the dispersal of the flies in agricultural fields in Judea and Samaria. Over time, many fertile female flies mate with the sterile males and produce empty eggs, thus reducing the population growth rate.
 
“The goal of the project is to reduce as much as possible the use of chemical pesticides, which can also hurt [crop] growth,” explained Ayman Assad, Deputy Staff Officer of Agriculture in Judea and Samaria. 
 
This is one of dozens of agricultural projects being carried out by the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria, so as to improve the standard of living of the Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria, including farmers. “We are constantly trying to provide them with information regarding all agricultural matters,” Assad said.