MembersIsraeli Agriculture

From oranges to drip irrigation

By Israel Today Staff |

In antiquity, the biblical lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea were known for their agricultural bounty. With the beginning of the return of the Jews to Israel a century ago, the land was once again planted, the desert again bloomed. Hundreds of communal agricultural villages sprung up. Young Israeli pioneers joyously worked the soil. Who still remembers the famous Jaffa oranges?

 

Today, only one in 100 Israelis works in agriculture. While 15 percent of the land is arable, the hi-tech and other industries have displaced traditional agriculture. For most young Israelis, becoming a farmer no longer makes sense. Still, 90 percent of the produce in Israeli markets remains homegrown. And that’s after the bulk has been exported.

 

But its agricultural background did lead to other boons for the Jewish state. In...

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