Agriculture ministry partners with RSCN to cultivate 220 dunums in Jerash

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Agriculture in Jordan has teamed up with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and signed an agreement to cultivate 220 dunums of forestry trees in the governorate of Jerash using cocoon technology, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

What is cocoon technology?Cocoon technology is a biodegradable and low-cost tree nursery system that can be used to grow trees sustainably and cost-effectively in arid and degraded lands.

The cocoon is essentially a water reservoir made of cardboard that can hold up to eight liters of water and sustain trees for as long as six months.

Implementation of the projectAccording to the Director of the Jerash Agriculture Department, Fayez Khalwaldeh, the department will start planting 120 dunums of trees in the Al-Kufair area, with the help of an international organization. The use of cocoon technology represents a new and high-quality form of agriculture in Jordan, particularly in arid areas where water conservation is of utmost importance, he added.

The project will be carried out in two phases, with the first phase starting soon and covering 120 dunums, while the second phase, slated for September, will include another 100 dunums, he said.

Vegetative cover in JerashKhalwaldeh highlighted that Jerash has recently experienced heavy rainfall, which is a positive development for the vegetative cover in the governorate. The area is well prepared for the upcoming summer agriculture season.

With a total area of 409,000 dunums, 93,000 of which are forest tree areas, Jerash has the potential to become a leader in sustainable agriculture.

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