Vegetables

Vegetables

The vegetable sector in the Central and Northern Arava accounts for about 75% of total crops. The major crop is currently bell peppers. The R&D in the vegetables sector focuses on pepper, but there is also research conducted on tomatoes, eggplant, melon, strawberry and other crops.
Main studies:

  • Examination of crops and new varieties, improved agro-technics - Evaluation of potential yield and fruit quality.
  • Efficient use of water and fertilizer in different water qualities - Studying means of irrigation and fertilization control using tensiometers and various sensors (humidity, salinity).
    Reducing the levels of nitrogen fertilizers and soil contamination.
  • Dealing with the shortage of arable land - Developing alternative ways of growing in infertile soil, using different substrates and ditches.
  • Studying means for reducing production costsNo tilling, streamlining picking through automation, improving Agro-technics of pepper and eggplant, improving methods of data collection.
  • Ecological aspects - sustainable agriculture - The use of compost produced from local agricultural waste for animal feed and as agricultural substrates.
  • Solar Greenhouse - Growing vegetables under a novel greenhouse model, which combines agriculture with electricity production.

Management

Shimon Pivonia, Ph.D.

Researcher, Coordinator

Team

Shabtai Cohen

Advisor, Researcher

Yoram Zvieli

Advisor, Researcher

Adi Suisa

Advisor, Researcher

Moti Osherovich

Technician

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