Photo Credit: MK Haim Jelin twitter
Israeli farmer fighting fire in his fields near Gaza

The Agriculture Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance announced Wednesday that they would support farmers in the Gaza vicinity with NIS 8 million in funding to encourage early harvesting, according to a report published by the Hebrew-language Walla! News site.

As part of the initiative, farmers whose areas are adjacent to the fence within 0 to 7 kilometers of Gaza (4.35 miles) will receive financial support for the early harvesting of wheat and barley for silage and hay.


The majority of wheat and barley crops will be harvested green or half green before drying.

The Gaza Belt area — within the 0 to 7 km zone — is the “Ground Zero” area within which Israeli residents have 15 seconds or less to find shelter before a rocket, missile or mortar shell lands in their vicinity.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.