Category Archives: Agriculture

Agriculture

California-Israel Project To Develop Future-Forward Solutions To Benefit Nations Throughout The World

By Naty Barak- Netafim Chief Sustainability Officer In San Diego, California recently a group of educators, business people, politicians and philanthropic leaders came together to discuss ‘Global Challenges to Economic Growth Through Innovation’ with the student body at the Rady School at UCSD. The California-Israel Center on Innovation and Economic Sustainability brings people together to learn from one another. Business, civic, and academic communities in global innovation and business development come together, continually broadening understanding of the forces that shape … Full article click here >>

Posted in Agriculture, Sustainability | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moving and Shaking in Abuja

By: Naty Barak- Netafim Chief Sustainability Officer A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Abuja, Nigeria to attend the 2014 Grow Africa Investment Forum. This was an exciting opportunity to visit this colorful, diverse nation in the midst a challenging period in its development. However, the focus was on sustainable food production to meet the ever increasing needs of the African continent. Grow Africa, formed in 2011by the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Agency and the World Economic … Full article click here >>

Posted in Agriculture, Sustainability | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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 >>

Posted in Agriculture, Irrigation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cheers to The PC

By: Naty Barak- Netafim Chief Sustainability Officer As a much younger man, I had the pleasure of representing Netafim in the United States in the  early 1980’s. One of our flagship products at the time was the Pressure Compensated dripper which helped to establish Netafim in the American market. Our first sales were in 1981 to the vineyards in California. This was the first Pressure Compensated dripper invented and developed by Rafi Mehudar. Introduced into the market in 1978 it … Full article click here >>

Posted in Agriculture, Sustainability | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Choose a Greenhouse that Best Suits Your Needs

By: Eng. Omry Eiger, Netafim’s Greenhouses Activity Greenhouses enable growers to have greater control over the growing environment of their crops. Greenhouse technology reduces the gap between crop growth requirements and the actual weather conditions where this crop is to be grown. Statistics indicate that around the world, 70 – 85% of greenhouses are used for growing various vegetables, whereas 15% are used for growing flowers and other purposes. In the scope of my work in the Greenhouse Division at … Full article click here >>

Posted in Agriculture, Greenhouses | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Food for Thought and Thoughts for Food!!

Here’s a thought! Today, as throughout modern history, irrigation is crucial to the global food supply: the 18% of the world’s farmland that’s irrigated yields 40% of the world’s food. Yet less than 5% of the world’s irrigated land is equipped with drip irrigation systems. Added to that, we have the increasingly complex issues of water scarcity, climate change, drought and hunger. All in all, we have a major task on our hands. That’s why we are dedicating 2014 to … Full article click here >>

Posted in Agriculture, Sustainability | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 >>

Posted in Agriculture, Irrigation | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The shift towards irrigation of staple food crops with drip irrigation – Part 2

In this second part I will examine how several contributing factors and new solutions have matured to form the basis for this worldwide revolution that can help feed the world’s growing population for years to come. Read the first part of this article New solutions to these challenges Lately, we have been seeing a dramatic change, which has created the basis for solving the challenges mentioned in my previous post: Water shortages and droughts Water shortages and droughts are not … Full article click here >>

Posted in Agriculture, Irrigation, Sustainability | 1 Comment

The shift towards irrigation of staple food crops with drip irrigation – Part 1

Since our establishment, Netafim’s main philosophy has been to provide solutions for sustainable agriculture, by providing technology that allows growers to produce better and more yields using less resources. Our vision has always been to bring modern technology in order to cope with the world’s growing population, in a reality of limited water and land resources. As I will explain in this post, today several contributing factors have matured to form the basis for this worldwide revolution that can help … Full article click here >>

Posted in Agriculture, Irrigation, Sustainability | Leave a comment

German Minister Dirk Niebel Visits Netafim

We were honored to host Dirk Niebel, the German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, at the Netafim plant in Kibbutz Hatzerim, soon after he landed in Israel. Netafim representatives present at the meeting included Igal Aisenberg, President and CEO of Netafim, Ervin Leibovici, VP for EMEA, Alon Shimoni, Managing Director of Netafim Germany, and me. Visit Begins at Drip Irrigated Jojoba Fields Minister Niebel and his entourage started their visit in our 400-hectare beautiful jojoba fields in Hatzerim, … Full article click here >>

Posted in Agriculture, Irrigation | Tagged , | Leave a comment