Precision Agriculture – Israel Drip Products
Olive grove in the desert
In 1962, an agronomist living in northern Israel inadvertently saw the corner of his garden, and a plant was particularly green and lush. He looked at the reasons carefully and found that under the plants with good growth, a water pipe used for watering flowers had a very small damage, and the water droplets ooze out continuously, so that the surface remained moist. Therefore, the plants appeared different from the usual. Ecology.
He suddenly realized that the small water droplets ooze out a little bit, not only help the plants to grow, but also reduce evaporation, and the irrigation effect is naturally good. If this kind of “drip irrigation” can be applied in the deserted southern desert, it is likely to create an unexpected miracle.
So, Smyha Bolas and his son joined forces to conceive the overall layout of the irrigation, the son made the dripper, and finally invented the drip irrigation technology.
Through experiments, it was found that the advantages of drip irrigation technology are unmatched by traditional irrigation methods. The Israeli government also attaches great importance to this invention, and strives to promote it. Various research and management institutions have emerged. Today, Haifa and Netafim multinational companies, which are famous for drip irrigation technology output and equipment manufacturing, were created at that time. . Now, the two companies are launching 5-10 new products every year, 80% of which are derived from export earnings, of which Netafim’s annual revenue is as high as $500-600 million.
The principle of drip irrigation technology is very simple. It is to lay a water pipe in the root soil of the plant, and open the eye on the side of the tube, with a micro switch, let the water flow through the pipeline and the dripper, and the water and fertilizer needed for plant growth are almost one drop. It is transported to the roots of plants without waste, just as tap water and electricity flow through the pipeline into thousands of households.