Agricultural development agreements in Al Qatraneh signed

Amman, Agreements on agricultural development in the Al Qatraneh town, south of Amman, were signed on Tuesday at the Royal Hashemite Court (RHC).

The agreements fall under His Majesty King Abdullah II’s directions to promote the development process in the Desert Highway town, especially in the agricultural sector.

During his visit to southern governorate of Karak in June, King Abdullah directed the government to focus on productive projects, including agricultural, youth empowerment and support.

The agreements, signed by a number of associations in the Al Qatraneh and Ministries of Agriculture, Environment, Water and Irrigation, aim to develop the region agriculturally, provide job opportunities, enable farmers to expand agricultural projects and enhance the agricultural production, in order to improve their living conditions.

The Badia rehabilitation program (Environmental Compensation) will fund the implementation of projects included in these agreements.

They include cleaning the Al Qatraneh dam to increase its storage capacity, rehabilitating a number of artesian wells in the area, and supporting 4 associations concerned with livestock, in addition to making available water excavators to provide drinking water to the sheep.

“The agricultural sector, like other sectors, is of interest to His Majesty the King, who is always giving directions to develop this sector, as a promising sector and a catalyst for economic growth, and to improve the standard of living of farmers by enhancing their capacities and productivity,” said Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, in the signing ceremony.

Issawi, who also is the head of the follow-up committee for the implementation of Royal Initiatives, added that the agreements that have been signed will improve the productivity of farmers, expand the size of arable land and enable local communities to benefit from this land in agriculture that is compatible with the features and nature of the Al Qatraneh.

Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abul Saud confirmed the ministry’s readiness to support agricultural associations by providing them with water through the Jordan Valley Authority (JVA).

Al-Qatraneh district mayor Ahmad Barakat Al-Zuhair pointed out that the agricultural associations that will implement the projects are active and effective associations that provide suitable job opportunities for locals.

Source: Jordan News Agency