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Damage of millions and crops not harvested: the crisis of farmers in the Gaza envelope - voila! news

2023-12-07T12:07:43.218Z

Highlights: Shayka Shaked evacuated his home in Netiv Ha'Asara on the first day of the war, after terrorists entered the moshav and massacred the residents. Ofer Lieberman, a farmer from Kibbutz Nir Am, also spoke about the damage to his fields, estimated at millions of shekels. "We've suffered a lot of damage, the banana orchard hasn't entered yet, we can't get in and pick citrus fruits either," Ofer said.


One of the veteran farmers in the envelope, Shayka Shaked, evacuated on October 7, but only recently returned to the greenhouses. According to him, even anchors that managed to grow without treatment are not worthy of picking. Ofer Lieberman of Nir said that the damage to his orchards is estimated at millions of shekels


Video: Damage of millions and crops not harvested: The crisis of farmers in the Gaza envelope/Yanir Yagna

Shayka Shaked evacuated his home in Netiv Ha'Asara on the first day of the war, after terrorists entered the moshav and massacred the residents. Shaika, one of the oldest farmers in the Gaza envelope, owns 40 dunams of greenhouses for growing tomatoes. According to him, the damage he suffered as a result of the war is enormous. "We left the community on Saturday night, October 7, the foreign workers left the morning after," he said. "They wouldn't let us into the moshav and the fields because of the fighting, it was the right thing to do."

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After about three weeks, farmers were allowed to return to the northern plots of the moshav, but entry to the southern plots is still forbidden. "The economy was not treated and there was a direct hit by a rocket in one of the greenhouses," Shayka said. "The greenhouse went up in flames, everything burned down - it's heavy economic damage. There were no workers, I only recently managed to recruit to start rehabilitating the fields."

Damage to agricultural crops in the envelope / Yanir Yagna

Shayka also said that the plants that did manage to grow are not worthy of picking. "There are diseases and pests that have taken over the crops. As soon as you don't regularly take care of the greenhouses, everything suffers," he explained. "We are short of workers, all my land needs to be uprooted and replanted." I have not yet applied for compensation, and I hope that the events will teach the government ministries to deal with us a little differently than in previous times."

Ofer Lieberman, a farmer from Kibbutz Nir Am, also spoke about the damage to his fields, estimated at millions of shekels. "We have a serious problem, there are no employees, a lot of volunteers come to us who help us a lot, but it's not a long-term solution," he said. "We've suffered a lot of damage, the banana orchard hasn't entered yet, we can't get in and pick citrus fruits either."

"The agricultural areas have become closed military zones," Ofer continued. "We were supposed to sow in the potato plot, but that's not going to happen. The damage will be with us for many years to come. We received advances from the state, the first round and now the second round, but we still don't know the extent of the damage, but they are huge, millions of shekels at least."

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Source: walla

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