Tel Aviv (Sep. 17)
Israel hopes to export agricultural products and agricultural machinery and technology worth about one billion dollars this year. For the first time, the value of farm machinery designed and produced in Israel will exceed that of actual agricultural products.
Many of the new inventions are on display at the “Agritech” exhibition which opened here Monday. The organizers say that some 1,500 farmers and buyers from abroad are attending the show, including many from countries with which Israel has no diplomatic relations.
According to the fair management, Israel’s success in agriculture, and especially the mechanized side of farming, is due to a number of new inventions, including drip irrigation, which is cheap to install and saves water, and new harvesters for a wide range of crops, vegetables and fruit. Agriculture Minister Simcha Ehrlich told a pre-show press tour that Israel was now ahead of the U.S. in farm inventions.