The High-Tech Agriculture in the Desert tour exposes participants to a variety of agro-technologies in Israel today, particularly in the country’s arid Negev region.
Growing plants in harsh conditions requires special irrigation systems, saline-resistance crop varieties and moderate water management. In Israel, open field and greenhouse vegetable production takes place on both small family and large cooperative farms. The farms supply fresh food to the population and export ‘out of season’ produce to European markets. Fertigation (irrigation and fertilization) systems are resulting in high profits for these farms.
Two conflicting goals are involved in crop drip irrigation and fertilization procedures. The first target is to maximize yields at reasonable costs. The second is to lower the high costs of fertigation. Achieving high quality food products and yields is possible on small, medium and large scale farms in Brazil, as long as the appropriate knowledge is available. If farmers use water and fertilizer efficiently, prosperity will be the likely result.
Low-income farmers pay for irrigation water through pumping fees to fellow farmers/pump-leasers. These fees can be lowered by using less water on crops. Gravity-driven drip irrigation family systems may be the best solution for small-scale farmers in Brazil. Supplying the market with fresh, high quality vegetables will be of great value for farmers, as they can charge higher prices for this produce. Common cash crops like cotton, sugarcane, onion, potatoes and corn will contribute to farm income.
This agricultural trip is designed for managers engaged with agricultural activities, who are willing to open their minds to the Israeli way of agricultural development.
Please be in contact with the tour operator in Israel Genesis Tours for more details.