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Palestine: Pests and climate change negatively affect date producers in Gaza

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Palestine
Published Oct 7, 2022

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In the blockaded Gaza Strip, Palestinian farmers are experiencing troubled times due to the "red palm beetle" that haunts date trees, one of the region's important livelihoods, and the fruits still not ripening due to the adverse effects of climate change. The "red palm beetle", which settles on the trunks of date palm trees, after a while carves the trunks of the trees and dries them.

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In the blockaded Gaza Strip, Palestinian farmers are having trouble with the "red palm beetle" that haunts date trees, one of the region's important livelihoods, and the fruits still not ripening due to the adverse effects of climate change. The "red palm beetle" that settles on the trunks of the palm trees, after a while, carves the trunks of the trees and dries them. Although the problem of "insects infesting palm trees", which started to be seen in the Gaza Strip about 10 years ago, has regressed a little in recent years with the work carried out by the government and private institutions, the issue of pest control has not been completely resolved. Environmental experts say that the complete eradication of red palm beetles is impossible. Palestinian farmers complain that the date palms are not ripe yet due to the pests that have settled in the date trees on the one hand and the late summer season on the other hand. This situation raises the concerns of farmers, who are also ...
Source: Sondakika
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