IDF enables agricultural export from the Gaza Strip

COGAT arranges for 30 tons of cherry tomatoes to be exported from the Gaza Strip to Jordan via Kerem Shalom

Date: 06/02/2012, 6:08 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

For the first time since 2007, IDF (Zahal)’s Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories facilitated export of agricultural crops from the Gaza Strip to markets in Jordan on Sunday (February 5) through the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

The export of two trucks carrying 30 tons of cherry  tomatoes from Gaza to Jordan via the Kerem Shalom crossing was made possible thanks to COGAT, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense’s crossings management, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Israel Taxes Authority, representatives of the Quartet and the Palestinian Authority. COGAT is arranging for additional meetings with Palestinian farmers to further improve the process.

Export of crops produced by Gaza Strip farmers to Jordan is part a larger project exporting a wide range of agricultural products and more from the Gaza Strip to European markets. The project is run in accordance with government’s decision to gradually export agricultural products, furniture and textiles produced in Gaza to international markets. 

As part of the export from Gaza to European markets, this season over 460 tons of strawberries, 40 tons of peppers, 17 tons of cherry tomatoes and 1.5 million carnation flowers were transferred.

COGAT will continue cooperating with the Erez District Coordination Liaison (DCL) and others to enable gradual export of goods from the Gaza Strip, as part Israel’s financial and civilian obligation and in accordance with current security conditions.