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Guatemalan Minister for Agriculture at Western Negev R&D
"The unique connection in Israel between research and the needs of farmers is very impressive," said Guatemalan Agriculture Minister Elmer Lopez Rodriguez, following a private visit to the Western Negev Research and Development Station on Dec. 11.
“This connection is very individualized and is also implemented in an intelligent manner,” he noted after a two hour tour of the R&D. The visit included a briefing on the R&D's work as well as visits to greenhouses where research is being carried out on planting methods, growing methods, irrigation, profitability, and pest and disease control for various crops including tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis and strawberries. “The answers provided for the farmer's needs are very practical,” Rodriquez said, "This sort of connection seems to facilitate a lot of innovative thinking. For us, these innovations are important because they can also be applied in our country."