Arava Agricultural Open Day 2017

Innovations and new technologies in the field of desert agriculture were showcased at the Central and Northern Arava Open Day.

February 9, 2017 17:15
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Arava Agricultural Open Day 2017. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

Research & Development scientists shared their groundbreaking research projects, and 200 exhibitors presented modern agricultural products to the general public. Among other things, it was possible to see new species of fruits and vegetables, methods for biological pest control, new seeds development, agricultural tools and many more advanced agricultural products. A highlight of the exhibition was KKL-JNF’s unique pavilion.

“When you talk about innovating in agriculture, research is the motor,” said Dr. Eyal Blum, mayor of the Central Arava Regional Council. “Land, water and labor are very expensive here when compared to the rest of the world, and our relative advantage is the knowledge we produce.”

About 30,000 visitors from throughout Israel came to the Central and Northern Arava Research & Development Center during the two open days (February 1-2). “This is the largest agricultural event in Israel,” said Ami Uliel, KKL-JNF Southern Region Director. “The professional hands of the R&D scientists will continue to lead applied agricultural research, and to serve Israeli agriculture.”

KKL-JNF is involved in many projects in the Arava, and provides a great deal of assistance to agriculture and settlement in the region. KKL-JNF supports research and agriculture and promotes agricultural research, among others. At the KKL-JNF pavilion, which was located at the entrance to the huge agricultural exposition, the organization’s many and diverse activities for the benefit of all of Israel’s citizens were on display: land, water, community development, agriculture, tourism, education and of course afforestation.

Open Day participants were invited to visit the R&D greenhouses, where they learned about research studies being conducted at the R&D. A few examples of the many research studies: the influence of less irrigation on date yields; acclimating grapevine species to Arava conditions; growing high-quality eggplants for export; growing spinach; greater efficiency using water of varying qualities and fertilizers of changing qualities; growing vegetables in solar greenhouses; irrigating mangos and grapevines with desalinated water; lowering levels of fertilizer in order to reduce land pollution; examining the suitability of mangos, apricots, peaches and nectarines for growing in the Arava; biological pest control; pest identification; creating resilient species; fish breeding and many more research studies and experiments.

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