Category Archives: Irrigation

Increases of up to 40% in corn yield in India show the value of correct design, planning and management of drip systems

By Dr. V. Praveen Rao, (Director, Water Technology Centre) A growing world population, climate change, declining ground water and the requirement for more food production in several parts of India is pressing irrigators to look for more efficient methods of irrigation than the traditional surface methods of furrow irrigation. Drip irrigation can be a viable alternative when water is limited or when irrigation capacity is insufficient for traditional methods. Some research studies have revealed that drip irrigation can reduce irrigation … Full article click here >>

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Future agriculture or the future in agriculture?

By Dubi Raz, Agronomy Director, Netafim The world’s population will reach 8 billion by 2025 and 9 billion by 2050, according to various forecasts. That may seem quite far off from now, but these numbers have many implications. The gravest warnings indicate that if the current trend of rising food demand continues, the world population’s massive growth will lead to a global food crisis. The food crisis is an issue for many, and several companies are taking significant steps to … Full article click here >>

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Spreading the word – Low flow is the future in Spain

By Mordi Schwartz, Area manager Spain / Portugal Low flow drip irrigation is the name of the game, and the news is now spreading all over Spain, which is a vast producer of a wide variety of vegetables, in some 100,000 Hectares. There is a need to feed close to 80 million mouths in Spain within the 42 million strong population and the huge tourism industry. The use of heavy and thin wall drip lines using Netafim DripNet drippers, with … Full article click here >>

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Small holder, small investment but BIG RESULTS!

By Danny Ariel, Project Manager Sugarcane & Small holders at Netafim Here’s a BIG fact: The majority of the 1.4 billion people living on under US$1.25 a day live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, while an estimated 2.5 billion people are involved smallholder agriculture in one way or another. Together they manage approximately 500 million small farms and provide over 80 per cent of the food consumed in large parts of the developing world, thus contributing to … Full article click here >>

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Growing Sun Star flowers in a unique greenhouse project

By Eran Alon, Product manager – Dosing & Water systems Netafim has recently joined forces in a unique greenhouse project for growing orange Ornithogalum dubium, also know as Sun Star, flower bulbs. This perennial which is part of the lily family grows to about a foot high with around 20 small cup shaped flowers in a variety of colours, and is native to South Africa, although now very popular the world over. The project is being carried out in an … Full article click here >>

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World Water Week in Stockholm

By Naty Barak- Netafim Chief Sustainability Officer I have just returned from the World Water Week in Stockholm. Following last year’s excitement when Netafim was awarded the Stockholm Industry Water Award and I personally met the King and Queen of Sweden, I expected this year’s meeting to be an anti-climax and disappointing. Well, in a way it was – the royal couple did not greet me this time. However, as far as Netafim and drip irrigation is concerned, this year’s … Full article click here >>

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Drippers and the Cup of Joe – a Love Story

By Ami Charitan, Prennial Crops – Chief Agronomist at Netafim Agriculture Department Once roasted, all coffee beans look pretty much the same. But did you know that there are literally dozens of varieties of coffee beans? When it comes to your daily cup of coffee however there are only 2 varieties, Arabica and Robusta. They are the two primary types of coffee cultivated for drinking. What’s the difference between the two? The two varieties differ in price, growing conditions and … Full article click here >>

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Grey, Black, Desalinated, Brackish, Canal, River, Well – It’s all water to me!!

By Sebastian Schifris – Corporate Water Quality Manager Israel purifies and reuses almost 75% of its waste water each year for agriculture and vastly outranks even the second most efficient recycled water user – Spain – which only recycles 12% of its waste water for agriculture. As such, we at Netafim have accepted the role of ‘responsible adult’ in an effort to share our expertise with a world thirsty for knowledge and guidance. In my position as Chemical Engineer with … Full article click here >>

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How Computer Controlled Fertigation Overcomes Fertilization Challenges

By: Lior Doron - Crop Management Technology Director Fertilization is in widespread use by farmers, in order to provide crops the nutrients essential for their growth – both in quality and quantity. Chicken manure and compost are commonly used as fertilizers, as well as readymade products. The amount of fertilizer that the crop gets determines the quality and quantity of the crop produced. The following figure demonstrates the relationship between the amount of fertilizer to the plant growth and yield. Too … Full article click here >>

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Decision Support CMT System – The Move from Data to Knowledge

By: Lior Doron - Crop Management Technology Director Growers from around the world use control systems to automatically perform all operations required in their fields, such as irrigation, fertilization, cooling, and temperature and humidity control in the greenhouse. Unfortunately, the adoption of advanced control and monitoring technologies by farmers around the world has been very slow. Studies showed that the one of the main reasons for such low use is that these systems are offering data and not information. So there … Full article click here >>

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