A delegation of 23 professionals from 10 Latin American countries arrived in Israel to get acquainted with Israel’s intensive agricultural development and practical experience on the planning and management of fertigation.
The professional program, organized by MASHAV-CINADCO's Training Center in Kibbutz Shefayim (28 April-20 May), counts with the participation of 23 professionals representing national and local public institutions, universities and private companies from Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru.
The professional program aims to share the experience which Israel has accumulated in the development of an agriculture based on the efficient management of fertigation, and to establish a framework for discussion and analysis of lines of action to be implemented under the conditions prevailing in the participants’ own countries.
Irrigated agriculture utilizes nowadays approximately 70% of the total global water consumption. In view of the recurrence of more negative water balance periods (mostly due to the misuse of water resources, the influence of climate change and to the steady consumption increase of the urban and the industrial sectors) it is expected that in order to ensure the sustainable development of agriculture and to improve the living conditions of the rural population, most countries will need to implement systems which promote the efficient use of water and nutrients.
Fertigation, which utilizes drip irrigation infrastructure, is an agricultural technology which allows supply of water and nutrients according to crop demands throughout their growth cycle. The extensive use of fertigation systems allows incorporating lands which were previously regarded as low-productivity to the overall agricultural production while enhancing crops performance, saving water and fertilizers, utilizing marginal water, and contributing to environmental protection.
Photo : Participants in MASHAV-CINADCO’s course on Implementation of Fertigation in Intensive Agriculture