Category Archives: Irrigation

Rice is nice. Nicer with drip.

It’s not surprising that we are so interested in rice. A major food staple in many parts of the world, rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one-fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans (Wikipedia). Around 160 million hectares of rice are cultivated each year around the world – that’s about 50 times the size of Belgium! So, it’s not surprising that we would want to focus our energies … Full article click here >>

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Sacramento Spells Water Stewardship

If you’d been in Sacramento last week, you could have looked in on The California Water Stewardship Leaders’ Summit. Maybe you were, and you did. But if you didn’t, you missed Naty Barak, our Chief Sustainability Officer, explaining how drip irrigation supports a sustainable water future and citing some examples of how Netafim works in California. The Summit was designed to promote corporate water stewardship and the California Water Action Plan by creating a shared vision for a sustainable water … Full article click here >>

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The Taste Of Italy Is Better With Drip

Polenta is one of Italy’s national foods alongside other favorites you will easily recognize, such as pasta and pizza. Versatile, tasty and very filling, polenta is a regular feature on menus around Italy, sometimes in combination with Parmesan cheese, another Italian specialty. Polenta and parmesan go well together and you can find many recipes for Parmesan Polenta to suit your taste. Parmigiano-Reggiano is the “official” name of this distinctive Italian cheese made from skimmed cow’s milk. It’s a strong-tasting, hard … Full article click here >>

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Standards For Better Drip

It’s a big responsibility being the worldwide leader in drip irrigation. Not only do we aim to support world prosperity through our irrigation solutions (check out our last Sustainability Report describing our strategy and support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs), we help set global standards for the benefit of all farmers who use irrigation systems. Industry standards provide farmers with a tool to acquire and deploy irrigation systems that meet the most stringent quality standards and are … Full article click here >>

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Irrigation, economic growth and decent work: Advancing the SDGs

The recently published UNDP Human Development Report for 2015 identifies “sustainable work, which promotes human development while reducing and eliminating negative side effects and unintended consequences, as a major building block of sustainable development.” This is what UN SDG Number 8 is all about: economic growth underpinned by the availability of meaningful work in a positive labor environment. That brings us back to drip irrigation solutions. Irrigation is not just a way to grow crops more efficiently. It’s the basis for … Full article click here >>

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Major Gathering in LA

At the beginning of May, the Milken Institute, which is a not- for -profit think tank, determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health, held its conference in Los Angeles, California. Covering areas as wide ranging as: Aging; Education; Industry; Media and Developing Markets, and bringing together leaders from Industry, Government, NGO’s and Philanthropy, the conference is held over four very intensive, inspiring, dynamic days. At this year’s conference, … Full article click here >>

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Wastewater is not waste. It’s water: Advancing the SDGs

At Netafim, we are expert in smart irrigation solutions that over many years have saved trillions of liters of water for farmers around the world. Of course, “trillions of liters” is not a precise or scientific count. But if you think that around 100,000 cubic kilometers of water are used for irrigation each year (that’s about 600 times the volume of Lake Tahoe in California), and typically drip irrigation will save between 30 and 60% of water versus other irrigation … Full article click here >>

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Sustainable California with Almonds: Advancing the SDGs

A recent article published in “Food Ingredients 1st”, quotes: “The California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP) shows that more than 70% of almond orchards report using water-saving micro-irrigation systems and more than 80% of growers report using demand-based irrigation in their orchards, which means they monitor weather, soil moisture and the trees themselves to determine exactly when and how much to irrigate, rather than watering on a pre-determined schedule”. In addition, Stacey Humble, Vice President of Global Marketing at the Almond … Full article click here >>

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Boosting the smallholder economy: Advancing the SDGs

At Netafim, many of our efforts to drive mass adoption of drip irrigation include making drip accessible to smallholder farmers. Over the years, as awareness has grown, farmers have overcome their suspicion of new technologies and now understand the benefits of using more advanced systems. However, in many cases, even a very small initial investment is more than smallholder farmers, often living below the poverty line, can afford. Netafim has developed special solutions, such as the Family Drip System™, to … Full article click here >>

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Innovate innovate innovate: Advancing the SDGs

Technological innovation at Netafim helps us stay ahead of the market and provide smart irrigation solutions for our customers around the world. Israeli water engineer Simcha Blass invented the micro-irrigation tube that ultimately became the first innovation of Netafim in the 1960s. From this brilliant but still fairly simple mechanism, we have developed an array of innovative irrigation products, each one addressing different agri challenges and improving the water, energy or yield efficiency of the growing process. For example, in … Full article click here >>

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