Dutch Ambassador to Jordan Harry Verweij visited projects by the Hydroponics Agriculture and Employment Development (HAED-Jo) in the Jordan Valley. The project was launched in 2017 in the wake of the Syrian crisis and implemented by consulting firm ECO Consult, according to a Dutch embassy statement.
The project aims to enhance the agriculture sector by introducing innovations while creating jobs for Jordanians and Syrians across the value chain in different geographical locations of the country.
The ambassador’s tour included two hydroponic farms run by Mohammad Abu Sido and Hisham Al Taji. Both entrepreneurs succeeded in adopting hydroponic farming through the project, harvesting high-quality crops in addition to increasing production per unit area, the statement said.
Ra’ed Daoud, managing director at ECO Consult, briefed Verweij on the impact the project was able to achieve in Jordan. “Creating national expertise and institutionalizing knowledge runs parallel to working with farmers as partnerships are forged with academia and the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) who in return become change agents of modern agricultural practices."
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