Acid rot can be found in a large number of fruits

There are many types of fruit rot that severely impair crop and profitability in the fruit industries. The study funded by the ICA “Sour rot in grapes” deals with this disease in edible grapes. The disease is caused by the drosophila fly that lays its eggs in the grape cluster…

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Kibbutz Pelech

Kibbutz Pelech is located on a hill overlooking the entire Western Galilee. At one end you can see Rosh Hanikra and at the other side you can see the Carmel and Haifa. The whole Mediterranean is right under your palm. amazing place. This young kibbutz began its journey in organic…

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ICA Sites of Interest in Northern/Central Negev

The tour and visits took place on Monday, May 9, 2022 by a tourist grade mini-bus. Participating members: Zeev Miller; Yoki Lotan; Yafa Ben-Ami; Tal Grad; Yona Chen; Avner Hermoni; Doron Weiss; and Eli Lachmani. Zohar Farm in the Desert A farm owned and operated by an individual family of…

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Hackathon

Hi Yesterday and today we had an Hackathon at Gilat R&D the volcani research center in the Negev. The competition was held in ICA’s houses. More than 150 researchers , farmers, AG industry engineers students and invest companies took place in it.  The main issue was how to reduce the…

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MILK-TECH Department

Shalom Friends, The Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council established the SouthUp Accelerator with ICA support. Recently, a unique department dealing with dairy farms was added to this Accelerator. A few days ago I attended an Accelerator ceremony during which MILK-TECH, the tech arm of the dairy industry was inaugurated. Its partners…

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Possible Collapse Milk & Egg Production in Israel?

Israel is facing a high cost of living due to increased food prices, in comparison to Europe and the U.S. Housing costs, especially in the center of the country, are even more burdensome for most families and young families in particular. High-income of high-tech workers has created large gaps relative…

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Is the Date Industry in jeopardy?

Dear Council Members, Are Israeli date farmers losing the battle of the Date Palm branch? A letter sent to the Minister of Agriculture by the Date industry warns of its collapse. Until the onset of Corona, the date branch flourished. The losses due to the pandemic and fierce competition with…

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Sour Rot Vine Disease

Sour rot disease in vines is a serious disease that sometimes causes the loss of the entire crop. The disease begins with the formation of a microscopic crack in the grape skin, through which various pathogens that break down acetic acid (the source of the bad odor in a sick…

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Sha’ar Hanegev – Greenhouse Tender

Good morning Members, JNF Australia has decided to invest 20M NIS, as is stated in the first attached file. The second photo shows the Sha’ar HaNegev fields. The South-Up Accelerator was supported by ICA 4-5 years ago. It is now part of the new Gaza Envelope ecosystem, which was granted 50M…

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Nitrogen Crop Fertilization

Dear Members, Nitrogen fertilization is essential for proper plant development. Its lack leads to diminished growth and so decreased crop production. In order to plan crop fertilization, farmers perform constant soil testing of random soil samples for nitrogen soil concentration. Given the low accuracy level, testing relies on agricultural values….

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