Israel - A country established in 1984 with over half of its soil being saline or semi-arid. With only 20% of the total land being arable, more than half the land area is desert, “bad climate”, and lacks water resources.
As of now, agriculture in Israel is a highly developed industry, even though the geography is not naturally conducive for Agriculture. Israel produces 90% of its own food requirements and 75% of that of the worlds’. She is also a major exporter of Fresh Produce and a world leader in agricultural technologies. There is a reminder that Agriculture is a technological concept of Israel.
How so, you may ask.
Computerized Controlled Drip Irrigation is the main contribution of Israel in Agriculture, this includes; computerized early-warning systems for leaks, and thermal imaging for crop water stress detection. Different sprinklers and sprayers are adopted for different crops. Water goes directly to the root to save water wastage, and pipes are laid in sequence, giving proper space to the plant. More interesting, Israel produces its equipment locally.
Today’s Israel is a sea change from its time of inception. Her research and development is 17% of its total agricultural budget, also biological pest control has formed Israel’s uniqueness. When it comes to crops, half of Israel’s total agricultural production are fruits and vegetables including oranges, grapefruits, Lemons, apples, apricots, grapes, peaches, mangoes, plums, dates, cactus, and pears are major fruits.
Do these crops sound familiar? Of course! We produce some of these in Nigeria as well, and we have the soil, the climate and water. What then could be our excuse?
It’s time we take cues from countries that have little or nothing, and yet have excelled in the agricultural sector. When we look at Dubai as well, they have discovered ways of sustaining food supply and production even though the country is a desert.
- It’s time we start doing more with regards;
- Increased farming activities
- Technological advancements
- More funding within the Agric sector.
Don’t you think so?
By Olaoluwa Bamigboye