Climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to humanity and the planet. Although agriculture in Israel contributes less than 3% of the total national greenhouse gas emissions, it is very sensitive to climate change and its varied implications on the Agriculture eco-system. Risks include, change in the composition and layout of crops, increase in water and energy consumption for irrigation, manifestation of new pests and exacerbation of existing pests.
The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture set up a change fund in 2017 to forecast climate trends by 2050, to help Israeli Agriculture maintain their edge as smart, precise and highly resilient in the face of climate change. Israel’s climate tech industry has since burgeoned and consists of 212 climate smart agriculture companies of which 130 (20%) are start-ups, and of these start-ups 69 or (53%) are precision agriculture companies of which 42 (60%) were established from 2016 onwards and 7 (10%) between 2019 and 2020. Collectively they have raised 489 million USD, 51% of the total funding for climate smart agriculture start-ups.
Which begs the questions- Why Precision Agriculture and Why Israel?
Israel is ranked 1st in the world in precision Agriculture. The historical innovation of Israeli water-tech has facilitated the development of Israel’s strength in precision Agriculture. Israel’s pre-existing strength in ICT, data mining and software, together with expertise in the fields of drone’s and satellites, enable the adaptation of existing technologies into innovative agricultural solutions such a soil mapping, smart irrigation and fertigation systems and satellites for precision agriculture. Most importantly precision agriculture increases agricultural productivity while optimizing farm management and the efficient use of water, pesticides, nutrients and other inputs. This in turn reduces emissions, increases soil health and decreases expansion of agricultural areas and changes in land use.
The following cutting-edge precision agriculture companies are recognized globally as contributing to the fight against climate change.
Solidrip – Ground-breaking drip irrigation technology is changing the way plants are irrigated in the urban space. Their autonomous irrigation system is designed to support urban agriculture and gardening on any scale indoors and outdoors. The system provides the optimal amount of water for each plant and automatically adapts to any environmental change.
Netafim is the world’s largest drip irrigation company and global leader in precision irrigation systems. “Grow more with less” They offer holistic irrigation systems to growers of all shapes and sizes. Thereby empowering these growers to grow more with less. Their offer includes a wide range of leading irrigation and complementary solutions across all crops, conditions and terrains. These include dripper and driplines, micro and macro sprinklers, valves, filters, water meters, crop management technology and ever developing digital farming solutions.
treetoscope novel engineering algorithm provides real time measurement of the plants water consumption. The first and only commercial device that senses the internal water flow of a plant and directly measures its water consumption and real time irrigation needs without extrapolations based on indirect sensing technologies.
Viridix empowers farmers by taking the uncertainty out of irrigation decisions. By combining accurate and timely water potential data with additional information such as weather, irrigation protocols and soil characteristics, Viridix simplifies and automates one of the most important activities in farming. Optimal irrigation simplifies and automates one of the most important activities in farming. Optimal irrigation helps farmers optimize productivity, reduce resource consumption and improve sustainability.
N-drip is the first and only micro irrigation solution powered by gravity. A disruptive technology that provides higher yields, while saving water without adding energy or requiring water filtration. N-drip is the most efficient alternative to flood irrigation that will have a significant influence on global farming.
Rootsat sustainable agricultural technology develops and commercializes disruptive, modular cutting-edge technologies to address critical problems faced by agriculture today, including plant management via root zone temperature optimization and the shortage of water for irrigation.