Ahead of Tu Bishvat: KKL-JNF to plant 45,000 trees in areas affected by war

Article courtesy of the Jerusalem Post

This year, most of the planting will be carried out in the agricultural areas affected by the war in Israel.
On the occasion of Tu Bishvat, KKL-JNF and the Honey Council will plant some 45,000 nectariferous trees and bushes throughout the country, the KKL-JNF and the Honey Council said in a joint announcement on Wednesday.

This year, most of the planting will be carried out in the agricultural areas affected by the war in Israel..

This planting aims to save the endangered honeybee, which is gradually disappearing evey year.
As the main pollinator in nature, the bee is responsible for approximately 80% of the world's crops. The extinction of the species would prevent any future production of food from plants, the statement explained.

Why are bees endangered?

According to the report, bees are disappearing due to the lack of their source of food – nectar.

This is a result, among others, of extreme climactic changes and events that affect the blossoms, along with urbanization and the consequent reduction of agricultural areas.
A response to the disappearance of bees

The large-scale planting project, therefore, seeks to address this problem by expanding the number of already dwindling nectariferous plants, which are the main source of food for the bees, the statement said.

This will also enable the growth of plants during late spring, summer, and autumn, the seasons in which natural vegetation does not flower.

As part of the project, KKL-JNF grows tens of thousands of nectariferous tree seedlings every year for beekeepers, which are planted throughout the country in cooperation with the beekeepers living within the country's borders, as per the report.

Ofi Reich, CEO of the Honey Council, said: "This year it is more important than ever due to the need to preserve the agricultural sector and food production for the residents of Israel, and to re-bloom the agricultural areas in the north and south."
Published January 25, 2024
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