In Quang Ninh province, Green Farm hydroponic vegetable production facility, also known as Green Farm 188 Mao Khe, is implementing one of the pioneering agriculture models using the Israeli drip irrigation system. This model utilizes long irrigation pipes to distribute water slowly and steadily to each plant stump, ensuring that each type of plant receives a sufficient amount of water. Additionally, Green Farm 188 Mao Khe employs specialized equipment to measure leaf temperature and determine the appropriate amount of water needed for optimal plant growth.
The Israeli drip irrigation systems used in Green Farm 188 Mao Khe and other farming facilities in Quang Ninh province offer various advantages, including water conservation, reduced operating costs and personnel requirements, particularly in farming locations with arid conditions and limited water resources.
|The hydroponic vegetable model at Green Farm 188 Mao Khe (Photo: Quang Ninh Newspaper).|
In October 2020, the University of Agriculture and Forestry (Thai Nguyen University) received a drip irrigation system with Israeli technology as a sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy in Vietnam and Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV).
This state-of-the-art system offers numerous advantages, including protection for greenhouse-grown plants against adverse environmental factors and pests. It integrates automation and information technology to control light, humidity, temperature, nutrition, and water, making it easy to remotely install and adjust. The system allows for growing plants in pots using liquid nutrient solutions and provides automatic watering and fertilization through the drip irrigation system, ensuring safety, accuracy, and high effectiveness.
|Delegates cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Israeli technology drip irrigation system at the University of Agriculture and Forestry (Thai Nguyen University). (Photo: thainguyen.gov.vn)|
According to Dr. Tran Dinh Ha, Head of the Department of High-tech Agriculture at the University of Agriculture and Forestry – Thai Nguyen University, the Israeli technology drip irrigation system has been effectively managed and used since its implementation. The system was designed for irrigating fruit plants, especially high-tech crop production greenhouse plants with an area of nearly 1,000 m2. The greenhouse regularly yields high-value crops such as pomelos, cucumbers, tomatoes, and other fruit vegetables, providing safe and quality produce for customers. Additionally, the model supports the training of hundreds of students and researchers in the agricultural field, offering skill improvement and learning experiences for various delegations.
In April 2022, the Embassy of Israel in Vietnam inaugurated a circulating water filtration system for the University of Agriculture and Forestry in Ho Chi Minh City. This donation activity, sponsored by MASHAV’s support fund, introduced Atlatium’s circulating filtration system that reuses dirty water in water tanks. The water undergoes biological filtration and treatment with UV light to eliminate bacteria and viruses before returning to the tank.
According to Assoc. Dr. Nguyen Nhu Tri, Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries at the University of Agriculture and Forestry Ho Chi Minh City, the presence of the Israeli Embassy has facilitated various projects and research conducted by students and lecturers. The Embassy’s sponsorship of this system assists agricultural students, workers, and researchers in the local agricultural industry by providing a filtration technology model that would be otherwise expensive to implement.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the world must increase agricultural output by 70% within the next few decades to meet the needs of a growing population. With the threats of food security and water scarcity due to climate change, Israel’s agricultural expertise holds significant value for countries like Vietnam.
Despite more than 60% of its land being desert and only approximately 20% being suitable for cultivation, Israel has become the most agriculturally advanced nation globally. It successfully provides a wide range of fruits and vegetables for domestic and export markets while also sharing water resources with neighboring countries. Israel has transferred water technology to about 150 countries and trained experts in water treatment for over 100 countries worldwide.