Uzi Landau top1.
(photo credit: KKL)
This year's "Agro-Mashov" Expo, which
took place in Tel Aviv on 13th and 14th January, 2010,
marked 150 years of settlement and agriculture in Israel, with an emphasis on
agriculture's contribution to the economy, society and security. The
cutting-edge technologies on display offer solutions to the four major
challenges facing Israeli agriculture: water shortage, manpower shortage, land
shortage and capital. Many of the innovations showcased at the exhibition are
the result of agricultural research sponsored by KKL-JNF. Without KKL-JNF water
technologies and reservoirs, the scope of agriculture in would be
much more limited.
Dorit and Mimi
greeted visitors to the KKL-JNF pavilion at the exhibition, who became very excited
about what had been achieved by Israeli agriculture in general and KKL-JNF in
particular. "So many of the amazing fruits, vegetables and flowers you see
here were developed with the support of KKL-JNF and its friends worldwide!
Flowers from the Arava, pomellas grown just north of Eilat, tropical fish
raised in the Negev, I could go on and on.
"Agricultural research is sometimes a way to
create peace between neighbors. For example, both Arava and Jordanian farmers
suffered from damage to their crops caused by the Mediterranean fruit fly. The
solution found by Yair R&D station researchers was to import sterilized
male fruit flies from
and disperse them throughout the region by plane, solving the problem on both
sides of the border. Agro-Mashov provides us with an opportunity to share what
we've been doing with local farmers, Palestinian farmers and visitors from all
over the world."
Professional KKL-JNF engineers Michael Baran, Doina
Furtunescu and Eli Arye were also at the KKL-JNF pavilion to answer
visitor's questions. Arye said that KKL-JNF's job was to provide help and
solutions "from ground level and up. Not everyone realizes the diversity
of the fields in which we are involved - water reservoirs, infrastructure
works, forests and parks, and river restoration. The video clip playing on the
screen here is about our revolutionary bio-filter project at Kfar Saba, which
will harvest storm water and treat polluted groundwater. This research project,
funded by friends of , and the , is
critical for 's
will be doubling its built-up land over the next decade. This means that there
will be so much less ground for rainwater to seep through to the underground
aquifers, which are already at a crisis point. Bio-filters can provide a
solution to this acute problem."
Toh Xin Wei
of the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore is visiting for the
first time. "In ,
we only grow ten percent of our agricultural needs, the rest is imported. We
are not self-sufficient like you are so it's really important for us to learn
about what you've accomplished here with so little land and water."
Irina Liepina of Riga, Latvia, was also in for the first time to attend
Agro-Mashov. "We are looking for business partners, specifically in the
field of organic fertilizers. I had never heard of KKL-JNF before, but I plan
to visit your website, because a lot of your work is very interesting for us,
specifically sewage purifying technologies."
Of course, most of the visitors were from Israel,
although not all are farmers. Ofer Bakler is responsible for the gardens
and landscaping of the Givat Ram campus of the
"Because I work with agriculture and gardening, I am very aware of
KKL-JNF's contribution to the environment, particularly in public places, by
means of water recycling. KKL-JNF is one of the main reasons the color green is
so predominant in the Israeli landscape."
Nurit and Lawrence Ziv are artists from Old Jaffa, who read about the
exhibition in the newspaper: "We are interested in everything related to
nature, which is a source of inspiration for painting and sculpting. The colors
here are simply amazing!"
consultant to , is no stranger to KKL-JNF.
In the past, he served as liaison between the Beersheva municipality and
KKL-JNF. "I do fundraising for all sorts of projects in and one
of my main selling points is our cutting-edge achievements in so many fields,
including agriculture. Like they say, a picture often speaks a thousand words.
When people see what
has accomplished in such a short period of time and with such limited
resources, they identify with us and want to support us. Our innovativeness is
often our best ambassador!"
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