APN distributed 324 irrigation networks on Thursday, June 16, 2020, to a group of farmers in the southern Jordan Valley to raise their productivity and improve the way they water their crops.
The initiative- sponsored by Fazet Shabab and the Arab Organisation for Development - was implemented in cooperation with Al Numeira Environmental Association, and it helped 33 Jordanian farmers who support 256 individuals and work across 248 donums of land in Ghor Al Mazra, Ghor Haditha, and Ghor Al Safi.
In light of the recent setbacks caused by COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings and movements, farmers were very happy to receive the irrigation networks which will help them continue cultivating their lands Mustafa Al-Aounah, one of the farmers, said "the initiative has saved us, farmers. The old irrigation networks were completely worn out and it is likely that they will cause loss of crops."
Mariam Al Jaajaa, Director of APN, stated that the idea to distribute irrigation networks came when the organization was putting into plan ways in which it will support Jordanian farmers that were affected by the pandemic. We began by distributing about half a ton of Molokhia seeds, adding that " during the project, we discovered that there is an urgent need for new drip irrigation networks that will empower farmers with the tools needed to sustain their projects and raise the quality of their products. "
Al Jaajaa said that the new irrigation networks will improve agriculture where there was once neglect, noting that the initiative is part of APN's wider effort to enhance food security and food sovereignty.
APN implemented the 'Irrigation Networks' project as part of the wider Green Caravan program, which recently planted more than 110,000 fruit trees in the Kingdom, along with a number of projects looking to empower small farmers.
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