Arava Open Day: Food Security for Israel and the Entire World

30,000 visitors attend open day for agriculture, settlement and tourism in the Arava, which was held at the Central Arava Research and Development Station in Hatzeva on January 27- 28.

February 3, 2015 13:23
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Arava Open Day 758A. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

 The tens of thousands of visitors at the Arava Open Day came along to observe the latest agricultural developments, meet people who had fallen in love with the desert and made the Arava their home, and hear about a variety of remarkable sites that are well worth visiting. The KKL-JNF pavilion at the event proved a popular attraction. 

“This is a festive day for Israel on which we can feel, smell and taste the good old Land of Israel,” declared KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler in the course of his visit to the event. 

Around two hundred companies and organizations displayed the best of their latest agricultural innovations at Israel’s largest farming exhibition, which was held for the 24th year in a row. Agricultural equipment, fertilizers, biological pest control, irrigation equipment, local varieties of fruit and vegetables – all these and many other items on show turned a visit to the exhibition into a fascinating and lively day at the fair. 

KKL-JNF was among the exhibitors, with its own special pavilion that displayed examples of its extensive activities throughout southern Israel, including its collaboration with the various agricultural research and development stations. Large posters depicted KKL-JNF’s contribution to the development of the Negev, agriculture, nature conservation, environmentalism, settlement, the establishment of parks and the construction of footpaths and bicycle trails. Brochures on display detailed the range of interesting sites developed by KKL-JNF. 

Eitan Levy, who grows peppers in Faran, told us when he visited the KKL-JNF pavilion: “KKL-JNF plays a very import role in building the Arava, developing the region and helping farmers.” 

Among the many visitors was Minister of Agriculture Yair Shamir, who said: “Its heartwarming to walk round the exhibition. When you travel to the middle of the desert you realize just how wonderful our country is. Farming is at the very forefront of the Zionist enterprise.”

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Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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