1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this cooperative research project is to develop technology and methodology for efficient use of water in agricultural systems suited to dry land climates by applying Irrigation Management Information System (IMIS) techniques.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
Under this agreement, El-Hawakeer will provide expertise and the methodology in the use of the IMIS weather data to promote better crop irrigation and increase the irrigation efficiency in production agriculture. El-Hawakeer will collaborate with the Israeli Agricultural Research Organization, and other partners from Jordan and the Palestinian Authority area in the design, planning and implementation of the research programs to determine irrigation water requirements for high value crops in the region. Will work with the project partners in the region to improve the project human and infrastructure capacities. El-Hawakeer will work closely with the project partners in the region to organize and conduct joint training courses and workshops to introduce irrigation water saving technologies and methodologies to address challenges to food security and create economic opportunities for farmers in Israel and partner countries in the region.
3. Progress Report:
During this reporting period, El-Hawakeer conducted training for farmers on the methodology for obtaining and using metrological data and information from the IMIS weather stations. In collaboration with Palestinian partners, El-Hawakeer tailored a training program specifically for Israeli and Palestinian farmers’ needs. The farmers benefiting from this training are spread out in five geographical areas within Israel: Upper Galilee, Western Galilee, Marj Ibn ‘Amer, Northern Triangle, Southern Triangle and the Negev. These areas include about 16 towns, and include irrigated lands of about 5000 hectares. The main crops grown in these areas include various vegetables grown in open fields, greenhouses and other forms of protected agriculture, olive and almond trees. El-Hawakeer and the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), are working collectively to arrange training and field visits to promote cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian farmers. Collaborative activities include: the exchange of expertise and information in the use of meteorological variables for better crop irrigation and increased water-use efficiency in the two regions; determining per crop water requirement; and irrigation scheduling for high value crops, such as olive, almond and pomegranate.