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Israel: Water and irrigation top of mind at Agritech 2018

The 2018 Agritech convention is held currently in Tel Aviv. The exhibition is organized for the 20th edition and pleases both exhibitors as visitors and hosts various delegations.

Israel has a broad knowledge of growing vegetables and plants under harsh circumstances. For over decades they have managed to grow vegetables in desert circumstances. Therefor they've gathered extensive knowledge on topics becoming important more broadly as water shortage. Therefor the conference program organised during the exhibition was themed “Agriculture in arid and semi-arid regions." 

The booth of Israeli greenhouse builder Azrom

For starters greenhouse building company Azrom had a very good show. "The exhibition is very good, packed with visitors from all over the world coming to see Israeli innovations", Zviki Porat tells. 

Specializing in turnkey projects, Azrom provides the complete greenhouse package and is known for its enthusiasm om F-Clean, an ultra-thin ETFE film (ETFE foil) with an anti-drip coating, designed to increase the yields inside commercial greenhouses. Among other topics this was discussed broadly with many visitors to the booth.

Also the Dutch minister for agriculture, nature & food quality Carola Schouten paid a visit to the exhibition and stopped by at Azrom.

The company was visited by the Dutch minister for agriculture, nature & food quality Carola Schouten

Self-assembly greenhouse
For the Israeli company Teshuva Agricultural Projects the exhibition is an exciting one. The company recently launched the TAPKIT, a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, which can produce 6-12 tons of leafy vegetables and fresh herbs per year. "The idea is to enable small farmers to have their own hydroponic business, where they can grow and market their production to the neighbors, neighbor restaurants and their own consumption", Teshuva Agricultural Projects CEO Avner Shohet explained with the launch

The idea turned out to be a success, since the TAPKIT is not only visited very well but also sold already. Contracts were signed on the exhibition and the first TAPKIT is to be shipped all the way to Asia.

That's a deal! Avner showing the done deal.

Hydroponics, fish farming & problem solving
Amongst the exhibitors is also Profit Agro, based in Afula in the North of Israel and known for their innovative character. Their GM mr. Raviv Morag has been in the greenhouse business almost all his life. During Agritech, Profit Agro presented its solutions with regard to hydroponics, fish farming and problem solving solutions for growers globally.

Profit Agro represents Genap BV, for the Israeli market the Dutch company in water storage systems. CEO Dick van Regteren is impressed by the high quality of visitors and exhibitors present at this three days lasting show.

Profit Agro CEO Amir Fox talking to Dick van Regteren, Genap

Md Raviv Morag explains how the Fog System to the Delegation from Ukraine

Profit Agro, Alweco and Genap

Irrigation with a brain
With water being such a hot topic also many novelties were launched. Netafim launched their irrigation system NetBeat at the exhibition. They describe the system as "the first one with a brain", makint it possible to monitor, analyze and automate the irrigation from wherever you are.

The global launch of NetBeat enhanced a show the Eurovision team could be jealous of - check out the video here - and the system itself definitely is worth a look as well.

Publication date: 5/10/2018
Author: Arlette Sijmonsma



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