Seventy-eight projects have been approved this year for better education, health and infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

 COGAT to coordinate export of strawberries and flowers from Gaza Strip


Palestinian expert checks freshly harvested strawberries for export on a farm in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip November 27, 2010 (Photo: Reuters)

Communicated by IDF Spokesperson

The project for exporting strawberries and flowers from the Gaza Strip to European markets began on Sunday (Nov. 28), as part of an extensive project coordinated by the government’s District Coordination and Liaison with Gaza farmers and funded by the Dutch government.

As part of the project, 2.5 tons of strawberries and 2,000 flowers will be exported to markets in Europe through the Kerem Shalom crossing. For the project specific to exporting flowers, many agricultural inputs are brought into the Gaza Strip every year to grow carnations.

So far this year, 78 projects supervised by the international community and authorized by the Palestinian Authority have been approved for funding, with an emphasis on projects in education, health and infrastructure. Sixty-four of the 78 projects were approved after the Israeli cabinet’s decision to change its policy toward civilians in the Gaza Strip.