Agriculture

Israel to Investigate Introducing New Agricultural Technologies

Cambodia has asked Israel to create a centre to introduce new agricultural technologies that will help improve the Kingdom’s agriculture landscape, boost farmers’ productivity
Workers prepare to pack rice at a store in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/Siv Channa
Workers prepare to pack rice at a store in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/Siv Channa

Cambodia has requested Israel to look into the possibilities of building a centre aimed at training and demonstrating agricultural technologies, such as drip irrigation systems and net home-grown vegetables, to advance the Kingdom’s agriculture sector.

On August 30, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, led a delegation of private sector investors in Cambodia's agricultural sector to Netafim to study new agricultural techniques, including net homes and water use in agriculture, particularly drip irrigation systems.

Veng Sakhon, the Minister, requested that Netafim investigate the prospect of collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture of Cambodia in developing a rice demonstration utilising a new irrigation system at the rice seed production facility during his visit.

Netafim said it will work with the General Department of Agriculture to examine the economic effectiveness and usage of drip irrigation systems in rice production, particularly to identify solutions to water shortages in Cambodia during the dry season, according to the Ministry of Agriculture Facebook post.

Netafim is a global producer of production equipment and instruments, as well as a developer of new technologies that help to reduce cost and labour reductions in the agriculture industry.

Netafim was created in 1965 by Netafim, who pioneered the drip revolution, ushering in a new era of transparent irrigation. The company is also pioneering digital agriculture by combining real-time monitoring, analysis, and automation into a single cutting-edge solution.

Sakhon told Kiripost on Friday that he had requested Netafim conduct research and organise examinations in Cambodia at any institution. However, the organisation only carries out research to make suggestions to the Ministry for future agricultural growth.

“Following the conversation, we want Netafim to support any agriculture in Cambodia by examining and researching new rice harvesting technology,” he said. “It only researches and views what sort of technology can reduce water consumption since water use is excessive, which impacts people's costs.”

He added that the centre will bring experimental methods and technologies to Cambodia’s agriculture sector, however, there is no substantial development.

“We still use our workforce, they simply bring the technology to assist and test,” he said. “Throughout the meeting, we discussed how we could have challenges while integrating technology, but they would strive to discover solutions in order to conduct the test in the future.”

“If we get a good result from the research, it will benefit our farmers,” he added.