7 Awesome Agritech Solutions from Israel

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The future of agriculture owes much credit to Israel for her unending contributions to the field. It has some of the most revolutionary technologies for efficient and sustainable farming methods.

The YouTube video above highlights seven of these agriculture innovations. They are drip irrigation, water recycling, use of biopesticides and bio fertilizers. other agritech solutions focus on smart farming technologies that uses Internet of things (IoT) and Artificial intelligence (AI). these are use of data analytics, robotics and sensors in farms. This blog post looks into those technologies

Drip Irrigation

The Israel climate weather conditions are not the most suitable for water fed agriculture. Besides there is inadequate water for overhead methods of irrigation. Drip irrigation is a precise farming method that direct water to plant roots saving water needs and increasing yields. You can mix the water with soluble fertilizers and pesticides to make your farm operations more efficient.

Latest developments in the area allow you to use weather and moisture sensors to do automated irrigation in acres of farms.

Data Analytics

The country has many farms pioneering in collection, analysis and use of data to improve agriculture. They use drone and satellite farm imageries, big data and predictive models to monitor crop, animal and field conditions.

As a farmer you can use the real time data to make informed decisions like precise irrigation, fertigation and pesticide spraying. This helps one to cut your cost of production, improve food safety and increase farm yields and income.

Biopesticides

There is a growing campaign around the globe to reduce the use of harmful farm chemicals. Israel leads in producing non-chemical pest management methods. One of them is use of predatory wasps that feed on destructive crop insects. According to the company fronting the technology, you can reduce use of pesticides by 70%.

Bio fertilizers

In a bid to reduce use of chemical fertilizers, Israel has made great strides in use of organic fertilizers. An example is introducing a certain fungi into plant roots. The microorganism can speed up the break down of natural materials to produce beneficial plant nutrients. On the other hand, the plant can uptake more giving you healthy plants and yields.

Water Recycling

Israel recycles 86% of her waster water. As a semi arid country, It has insufficient natural water sources. It reuses and recycles her effluent and sewerage wastewater. Today, around 50% of treated sewage water is for irrigation. the rest is used to increase river volumes, fire suppression and discharge to the sea.

In addition to recycling, the country is a global leader in water desalination, harvesting and storage.

Sensors

Use of sensors is helping farmers to efficiently use farm inputs, harvest, irrigate and harvest crops on time. Sensors can measure and communicate field conditions like wind, moisture and presence of pests infestations.

Use of sensors is an AI method that utilizes IoT to trigger precise actions like pesticide spraying and irrigation.

Robotics

In terms of smart farming, Israel is a leader in solutions for complete automated farms. Using those solutions, you can prepare land, plant and manage your crops until you harvest them using robots. As showcased in the above video, there are unmanned robots that can harvest, sort and package fruits without any human intervention. Apart from robotics, other technologies in the same space are use of drones in agriculture to monitor and perform some farm activities like pest and disease surveillance.

Samuel K

Samuel is the founder and senior agribusiness development consultant at Agcenture. He can be reached at skibicho@agcenture.com

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