First pineapple farm opens in Gaza

A Palestinian man holds a pineapple during a harvest at a farm in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP)
Updated 10 November 2017
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First pineapple farm opens in Gaza

KHAN YUNIS, Palestinian Territories: Pineapples are being harvested in the Gaza Strip for the first time as part of efforts to help the impoverished Palestinian territory work toward food self-sufficiency.
The fruit, for domestic sale, is grown in a 1,000-square-meter greenhouse in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis as part of a project sponsored by the Dutch government.
Mussa Al-Jadba, an agricultural engineer who supervised the project, said they had cultivated pineapples “for the first time in the temperate Gaza Strip after we have created the environment and climate for their growth.”
Two hundred and fifty plants have so far reached maturity with up to 4,000 expected to bear fruit throughout this harvest.
The goal is to develop new crops to help Gazan farmers achieve self sufficiency, Jadba added.
“The Gaza Strip suffers fundamentally from salty water, which has encouraged the union to grow pineapples as they don’t need much water,” he added, referring to the agricultural union.
Gaza suffers from severe water pollution, with more than 95 percent of its groundwater unclean, leading to increased risk of serious diseases.
The UN has warned the strip will be uninhabitable by 2020.
Israel has imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza for a decade, citing security reasons.


China cancels trade talks with US as tariff threats escalate

Updated 22 September 2018
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China cancels trade talks with US as tariff threats escalate

  • A mid-level delegation was due to travel to Washington ahead of Liu’s visit, but the trip has now been abandoned
  • China added $60 billion of US products to its import tariff list as it retaliated against US duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods

SHANGHAI: China has canceled upcoming trade talks with the United States and will not send vice-premier Liu He to Washington next week, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.
The Wall Street Journal said a mid-level delegation was due to travel to Washington ahead of Liu’s visit, but the trip has now been abandoned.
Earlier this week, China added $60 billion of US products to its import tariff list as it retaliated against US duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods set to go into effect from Sept. 24.