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QC solar-power wells bring new life to drought-hit areas of Gaza

QC solar-power wells bring new 
life to drought-hit areas of Gaza

Tribune News Network
Mohammed al Masdar, a farmer in Gaza, was overjoyed when he found that his farmland and dozens of other land units were getting water from the solar-powered well, without the need for electricity and fuel.
“All praise is due to Allah, we no longer need anything to revive and cultivate this land,” an overjoyed Masdar said.
QC has implemented a project to operate solar-powered agricultural wells as part of the comprehensive 7,750 Dunums of Agricultural Land Rehabilitation Project.
The project has come as a big relief to the farmers in the central Gaza Strip governorate as they were facing frequent power outages and had to depend on expensive fuel to run the wells to irrigate their farms.
According to Masdar, they had been suffering for more than a decade because of the regular power outage, which prevented the operation of the pumps for irrigation.
Qatar Charity provided solar power for wells earlier this year making irrigation easy for farmers in the region.
Prior to the QC initiative, farmers were dependent on electric generators to operate the pumps. Despite poverty and destitution, they, therefore, had to purchase fuel for the generators. When they became unable to purchase fuel owing to difficult economic conditions, the lands became vulnerable to drought.
The project aims at supporting Palestinian farmers living in the affected areas of the Gaza Strip by rehabilitating 7,750 dunums of land allocated for agriculture.
According to Mohamed Abu Haloub, director of the Qatar Charity’s office in the Gaza Strip, the project worth QR819,419has benefited around 300 farmers directly.
He added that the project includes operating 44 water wells to irrigate more than 7,660 dunums of lands belonging to affected farmers, rehabilitate 213 dunums of agricultural lands and plant fruit trees in the lands of affected farmers.