Israel: 2014 fruit, veg statistics released

As it does every year, the Israel Farmers Federation releases key statistics about agriculture in Israel in the previous year. These include figures on revenue, land and water usage, and labor in the various sectors of agriculture.

Overall in Israel, some 300,000 hectares were used for agriculture, and over 73,000 workers were employed in agriculture in 2014. Agricultural revenues in the previous year stood at over 30 billion shekels, with some 18.5 billion of that coming from field crops, fruits, and vegetables.

Vegetables accounted for over 6 billion shekels in revenue in 2014, with potatoes generating the highest revenue, roughly 1.2 billion shekels. Fruits accounted for slightly less revenue, totalling just fewer than 6 billion shekels. The most notable fruits in 2014 were dates which generated 860 million shekels in revenue, grapes with 804 million shekels, avocados with 579mil, bananas with 539mil, apples with 496mil, and peaches with 352mil. Citrus fruits were another large sector, with over 1.2 billion shekels in revenue, out of which easy-peelers accounted for 454mil, grapefruit for 360mil, and navel and shmouti oranges for 161mil.


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