Tag Archive for agriculture

After breaking trade deal with Israel, Jerusalem bans Palestinian produce

In response to the Palestinian Authority’s ban on the sale of Israeli lamb inside the West Bank, Israel’s Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel has unilaterally frozen all imports of Palestinian produce, depriving the PA economy of more than 720,000₪ ($200,000) daily, until the Palestinians rectify the trade agreement.

By i24NEWS


The Israeli minister for agriculture, Uri Ariel, prohibited the entry of fruits and vegetables from the West Bank in Israel on Tuesday.

The move, which was reported on Israel’s Channel 10, was justified by an apparent decision by the Palestinian Authority to ban the sale of Israeli lamb inside the West Bank. Continue Reading »

Israeli microsatellite to help agricultural technologies feed developing countries

U.N. set to debate draft resolution calling for Israel to head efforts to assist agriculture worldwide via the images from its Israeli-French vegetation monitoring microsatellite, Venus.

Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff


The United Nations is expected to announce Monday that Israel will head efforts to assist agriculture worldwide through the analysis of satellite images derived from its Venus satellite.

Illustration of the VENµS minisatellite – Image credit- CNES, IAI

The Venus vegetation and environment monitoring microsatellite, launched into space in late July, was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries in collaboration with the French space agency CNES.

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems produced the satellite’s innovative electric propulsion system, and defense electronics contractor Elbit Systems provided advanced high-resolution cameras that will enable the satellite to better monitor the earth’s vegetation and any changes on the ground. Continue Reading »

Israel’s drip irrigation giant opens first manufacturing plant in China


view videoNetafim CEO released a statement that the location for their first plant in China was chosen due to its low rainfall levels that has led to an increasing interest by local farmers to find innovative ways in water conservation.



Drip irrigation and other water-saving technology will be getting a major boost in China, after Israeli drip irrigation leader Netafim opened its first production plant there on May 9. Netafim announced the inauguration of the plant in Yinchuan, the capital of the northwestern Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Stephan Titze, Eitan Neubauer, Israeli Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai and David Zeng, Managing Director for China at Netafim.

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US cannabis firms invest millions in Israeli patents on medical marijuana


Already a pioneer in cutting-edge agriculture, the Jewish State has been attracting American companies looking to bring Israel’s medical marijuana know-how to an ever-growing market back home.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


Already a pioneer in high-tech and cutting-edge agriculture, Israel is starting to attract American companies looking to bring medical marijuana know-how to a booming market back home.

A nurse holds a medical marijuana cigarette at a Tel Aviv clinic belonging to Tikun Olam, Israel’s largest medical marijuana supplier – Photo: Reuters

Since 2014, U.S. firms have invested about $50 million in licensing Israeli medical marijuana patents, cannabis agro-tech startups and firms developing delivery devices such as inhalers, said Saul Kaye, CEO of iCAN, a private cannabis research hub. Continue Reading »

Israel’s drip irrigation solution may save California from its drought


VIDEO REPORT: California’s drought is wreaking havoc throughout the state and causing severe damage. An Israeli company has the technological solution for farmers in trouble.






View original Arutz Sheva publication at:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209767#.VvH1jMf8fFI Continue Reading »

Israel to sell Gaza produce for first time since 2007

Subject to Health Ministry inspections, the first shipments of tomatoes & eggplants are expected on Sunday.
• This move will help Gaza farmers as well as meet the demands of the ‘shmita year’, when according to religious law, fields in Israel must lie fallow.

By Daniel Siryoti, Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


Following intensive ground work by Israel’s Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories and Agriculture Ministry, a decision has been made to allow fruit and vegetables grown in the Gaza Strip to be shipped to and sold in Israel for the first time in nearly eight years. The process will be coordinated between the Israel Tax Authority and the Palestinian Authority. Continue Reading »

Israel Embassy initiative in Senegal fights against poverty in Africa

An Israeli innovation installed on the farm, a low-pressure drip-irrigation system, using much less water & producing improved quality of fruits & vegetables has been inaugurated in one of Africa’s drought-prone regions.

By Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency



An initiative of the Israeli Embassy in Senegal recently led to the inauguration of a drip-irrigated vegetable farm in the city of Fatick earlier this month.

Growing lettuce in Senegal using drip-irrigation (Photo: MASHAV)

Growing lettuce in Senegal using drip-irrigation – Photo: MASHAV

Managed by a group of Senegalese women, the farm plot was established following a request made by the First Lady of Senegal, Marième Faye Sall, to the Israeli Embassy, as part of the TIPA program, which began in 2006 as an initiative of the Embassy of Israel in Dakar and MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation) to alleviate poverty through agricultural innovation. Continue Reading »

Israel signs agriculture cooperation agreement with Nigeria


Israel’s Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir & his Nigerian counterpart signed an agreement to focus on bolstering Nigeria’s crop quality, strengthen professionalism & increase water efficiency.



Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir and his Nigerian counterpart Dr. Akinwumi Adesina signed on Friday a joint declaration toward increasing agricultural cooperation between the two countries.

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Israeli and Nigerian ministers sign agreement. – Photo: AMNON LIEBERMAN

The ministers signed the agreement, which will focus on bolstering food security, in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja that day. As part of the agreement, Israel will help Nigerians expand the amount of land they cultivate, increase their water sector efficiency, improve crop quality and strengthen professionalism of those engaged in agriculture, according to Shamir’s spokesman. Continue Reading »

Israeli NGOs take their expertise to Africa

Israeli humanitarian NGOs bringing their expertise to meet the needs of camps in Kenya, has turned into a fruitful endeavor in Africa.


NAIROBI, Kenya (JTA) — When they first arrived in northern Kenya in 2011 at the height of a massive drought, the Israeli refugee aid organization IsraAid planned to offer food and other core necessities to the 100,000 residents of the Kakuma refugee camp.

Regina Muthoni, left, and Kenneth Gitau of the Nairobi dance group Kreative Generations, learned to farm with the help of the nonprofit Israel for Africa. (Ben Sales)

Regina Muthoni, left, and Kenneth Gitau of the Nairobi dance group Kreative Generations, learned to farm with the help of the nonprofit Israel for Africa.- Photo: Ben Sales

When the drought subsided a year later, IsraAid’s directors saw that this sort of assistance was becoming less crucial. Continue Reading »

Israeli agricultural know-how boosts East African farms

The UN awarded Israeli agro-tech company Amiran, a prize for helping eradicate extreme poverty & hunger, one of the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals for Africa.


Chris Mutune, a greenhouse caretaker for Amiran Kenya, working in one of the company's sample greenhouses. (Ben Sales)

Chris Mutune, a greenhouse caretaker for Amiran Kenya, working in one of the company’s sample greenhouses. (Ben Sales)


Another houses rolls of plastic from StePac, an Israeli firm whose bags can keep vegetables fresher for longer.

In a third warehouse are rows of coiled hoses, each pricked with holes engineered by Netafim, the Israeli company that pioneered drip irrigation. Continue Reading »

Continued Terror From Gaza Could Mean Higher Grocery Bills

Farmers in the Negev warn that continuing danger along Gaza barrier is damaging the local economy.

By Maayana Miskin


Terrorism from Gaza could mean higher grocery prices for Israelis, farmers from the Gaza belt area warned Thursday morning, speaking to Maariv/nrg.

Illustration: Iron Dome anti-missile system – IDF Spokesman

Farmers near Gaza were told Tuesday to stay out of fields near the Gaza security barrier. The warning followed a fatal terrorist shooting in the area.


Terrorists have targeted agricultural workers in fields near Gaza in the past.

Farmers argued that the fields in question – those located within one kilometer of Gaza – are used for some of their most valuable crops. Continue Reading »

Tel Aviv Farmers Market presents the best Israeli produce


Video:  In following tradition already well established in many countries, once a week at the Tel Aviv Farmers Market, farmers from across Israel showcase & test their new brands and varieties of produce to the public.

By jn1.tv

VIDEO – The Tel Aviv Farmers Market lets farmers from across Israel showcase and test their new brands and varieties to the public once a week.

Tel Aviv Farmers' Market offers a dozen varieties of cherry tomatoes  -   jn1.tv screanshot

Tel Aviv Farmers’ Market offers a dozen varieties of cherry tomatoes – jn1.tv screenshot

The market was founded by Shir Halpern and Michal Ansky, best known from reality show “Master Chef,” to bring to Israel a tradition which is already well established in many countries of the world. Continue Reading »

Israeli agritech company improves crop harvests without genetic modification

The Israeli agritech firm Kaiima reports that it is developing a technology that will replicate natural processes to produce stronger, bigger plants for growing & hungry world.

By Reuters


Israeli enterprise Kaiima believes it has found a way to improve crop harvests by replicating and accelerating a natural genetic phenomenon in the laboratory.

Wheat fields in Israel's Negev Desert.

Wheat fields in Israel’s Negev Desert. – Photo: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

The future of growing sturdier, sustainable crops for an increasingly hungry world is represented in their rice fields. Most plants evolve via a process called genome doubling, where over time, two species become one with a single genome comprising the strongest features of each parents. Continue Reading »

Galilee’s Bio-Agritech firm promises 25% added growth in crop yields

Kaiima Bio-Agritech, located just outside of Tiberius in Israel’s Galilee will sow its 1st commercial seeds within 3 years, boasting a potential 25% improvement in yields for wheat, rice & corn through a process known as genome doubling.

By Reuters


Kaiima Bio-Agritech, a Galilee-based enterprise that aims to boost global crop yields without the aid of genetic modification, says it will sow its first commercial seeds within three years.

A wheat farm.

A wheat farm. – Photo: Bloomberg

Based at Moshav Sarona near Tiberias, the seed technology firm says it has developed a way to greatly speed up the multiplication of the genome of crops – known as genome doubling – without changing their DNA or genetic fingerprint.

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Israelis pay more for fruits & vegetables



Agricultural products in Israel are 11% more expensive than the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development average.

OECD report shows Israel’s support for farmers has led to increase in food prices. 

By Gil Kalian, Calcalist

Israel‘s support for its farmers carries a heavy economic and social price, according to a report released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which looked into the agricultural support policy in 47 countries, which are responsible for 80% of the global agricultural produce.


Wheat field in the Hula Valley – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

The report’s findings reveal that agricultural products in Israel are 11% more expensive than the OECD average. Continue Reading »