Closing ceremony for the installation of 102 Green Houses in North LebanonSep 5, 2013
The United Nations Development Programme “Recovery of NBC surrounding communities affected by the 2006 and 2007 conflicts” project organized a closing ceremony for “Supply and Installation of 102 Greenhouses in North Lebanon” activity. The ceremony took place on Wednesday September 4th at the municipality of Halba at 10 a.m.
UNDP Country Director Luca Renda, Mr Manuel Duran Head of mission of the Spanish Emabassy, the Municpalities of Wadi El Jamous, Bebnine, Muhammara, Bhannine, Minieh and Halba and the 102 beneficiaries’ farmers from these 6 Municipalities, Head of the Agriculture Department in Akkar Mr. Mohammad Taleb and director of the Agricultural Research Institute in Abdeh Mr. Michel Issa Khoury attended the ceremony where speeches were delivered by different members representing designated parties.
After the welcome note from Mr. Said Al Halabi the President of Halba Municipality, Mr. Fouad Afchal, one of the project’s beneficiaries thanked UNDP for its generous contribution of providing Green Houses for them. He indicated that the benefits of these Houses have contributed in fighting unemployment and immigration and helped the country’s economy to prosper and progress.
On the other hand, Mr. Renda thanked the farmers for their patience and support saying: “We remain strongly committed to the successful implementations of this project despite all technical complications.” He added, “I would like to announce that we will be providing farmers with further support in the form of organic fertilizers and plastic hanging plant pulley hooks.”
The project is financed by the Lebanon Recovery Fund, a Lebanese Government Led Programme Established on the Occasion of the Stockholm Conference, which is funded by the Spanish Government.
A field visit to 2 Greenhouse locations followed the ceremony, where the delegation was able to meet with the farmers and listen to their comments and feedback.
Based on socio-economic assessments and agricultural needs in North-Lebanon after the 2006 and 2007 conflicts, the rehabilitation of the greenhouse crop production sector was identified as a priority at the beginning of the project. With technical support from FAO, the most suitable greenhouse design for this initiative was selected for its durability and its capacity to increase both crop production and quality while using fewer pesticides. Based on an assessment, six municipalities were identified as most vulnerable in this sector: Wadi El Jamous, Bebnine, Muhammara, Bhannine, Minieh and Halba.