The Jewish National Fund (JNF) plans to replace the trees destroyed by Katyusha rockets in last summer’s war in the lower Galilee region.
Hiroy Amara, director of the Jewish National Fund's Golani nursery, first made sure his workers were safe and then he attended to the young trees they plant yearly.
Because rocket fire burned a number of trees, JNF’s Golani nursery prepared to plant nearly 150,000 trees after the war.
“We can recruit personnel and order the equipment, but the main problem is reaching the final product - a ten-month-old sapling - in four months,” said Aviv Eisenband, director of the JNF'’s seeds and nurseries.
Eisenband and his staff brought large quantities of seeds to the Golani nursery for sprouting. The seeds are produced from fruit gathered in the forests. The workers harvest fruit from some 300 different types of tree species.
Amara, who immigrated from the Ukraine, was grateful for a course provided by the JNF, teaching seed planting and nursery work. He is now manager of the Golani nursery.
Once the planting season ends with Tu B’Shvat, the nursery will once again wait for new seeds to sprout.