Open Day at Western Negev R&D Station.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Open Day at Western Negev R&D Station
The annual Open Day Agricultural Exhibition at the Western Negev Research and Development Station, which took place this year on Tuesday, December 17, is always an exciting experience for both local farmers and also for the many guests who come from Israel and abroad.
Open Day provides an opportunity to showcase the station's research projects, which focus on discovering new crop species and growing methods that suit the soil, water and climate of the western Negev. With the help of its friends throughout the world, KKL-JNF funds 50% of the budget of Israel's R&D stations. There is a KKL-JNF representative at every R&D, who is involved in decision making and the R&D's daily activities. According to Lior Katri, the director of the Western Negev R&D, "with KKL-JNF, we know we're in good hands.
The impressive KKL-JNF booth at the fair attracted many visitors, providing maps and brochures about KKL-JNF and its activities in the region.
Nitesh Yogi from Nepal was at the KKL-JNF booth with a group of students that he brought to the fair. "I head a group of fifty students from West Nepal, who are in Israel for eleven months to learn about growing tomatoes, peppers and other crops. I've seen a lot of new things at the fair, and I'm especially fascinated by the huge tomatoes grown in the greenhouses here. It's very inspiring when the connections between nations are about technological advancement for the benefit of all our citizens."