Palm Plantation and Training Centre– Al Disi

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This project, established in 2009, shared similar objectives and activities to the Palm Plantation and Training Centre Project carried out in 2010 in Al-Azraq. It sought to cultivate the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) in the Badia and to replace conventional and largely non-feasible crops such as olives. The project established a comprehensive palm project, including a pilot farm but also a training centre, which provides training and extension services for the local community in the Al Disi area.

The first phase of the project was implemented over an area of 10 hectares, in cooperation with the Al Hussein Agricultural Cooperative.

The date palm tree was selected to replace olive tree farms which are unsustainable in the overall climate and prevailing conditions of the Badia. The date palm is known for its resistance to the high salinity levels and its resilience in arid areas and deserts. In addition to the fruits the date palm provides, its leaves are used to manufacture hand-made products such as mats and chairs; other parts of the tree are economically useful as well. Furthermore, the date palm carries a historical and religious significance, particularly with regard to the month of Ramadan and ancient Islamic history. There is much literature on the use of the date palm, but for a basic description of the date palm and its uses, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_palm.

 

 Project Objectives

  • To gradually expand in the date palm plantation and production in Badia, using the newest scientific practices and techniques.
  • To create new job opportunities and improve the livelihood of local community in the target areas.
  • To develop qualified trainers with the necessary experience to serve the project’s target area and other areas in the Badia.
  • To secure an additional source of income and improve living standards of local communities.
  • To establish small agricultural enterprises specialized in date production.

 Project Components

  1. Establishment of a model palm plantation area of 10 hectares and 1600 palm trees, with a training center specialized in the planting and breeding of date palms. This centre plays a role as an extension services provider, in addition to holding lectures and conducting training workshops.
  2. Date palm transplants have been produced for the local community of the area.

 Achievements (July, 2010)

  • Training centre has been established.
  • Irrigation network has been installed.
  • 1600 date palm trees have been planted.
  • Nursery has been constructed.
  • A field survey and rapid rural appraisal has been conducted for target farmers.
  • 4500 date palm transplants have been distributed to the local community.