Israeli agritech, varying from tech to decrease water usage to improving propagation, can be hugely useful to South African farmers. A recent webinar -hosted by the Israel Trade Mission and Israel Export Institute- showcased Israeli agricultural technology currently available and applicable to crop production in South Africa.
Although Israel currently produces more avocados than South Africa does, Amit Lev, head of the Israel Trade Mission to South Africa, says that, given time, South African farmers may out-produce those in Israel, especially with the new technologies available. In the 2020/21 season, Israel produced 270,000 tons of avocados. South Africa produced 130,000 tons.
Israel’s innovative technologies focus on farming in water-scarce conditions, which is ideal for South Africa, the world’s 30th driest country.
Ari Dembo, sales executive at the Galilee International Management Institute, says education is key to successful technological farming. “Israel has always had a scarcity of resources, but we’ve succeeded in agricultural production because we’ve invested in our human capital. Education is key.”