All types of fruit and vegetables are grown in Israel under various climatic conditions. In parallel post harvesting technologies have been developed to ensure the quality of the produce during the time taken in moving it to Europe which takes 10-14 days by sea and the same technologies are used in cooling controlled storage facilities, in Israel, in order to allow the Israeli consumers to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year.
For more than 30 years subtropical fruits, in particular Mango, Banana and Avocado have been grown. A large quantity of these high quality fruits are exported to European markets. Even though these types of fruit trees are normally cultivated in subtropical areas they have been successfully grown in Israel in a semi arid climate and in the lowest valleys by using growth control and fertigation via irrigation systems.
Amongst program subjects available will be preparation for export as well as quality assurance regulations and information programs about the successful growing and harvesting of Banana’s, Mango’s and Avocado’s and other subtropical fruit varieties as well as the development of long shelf life development of fruit and vegetables including peppers and cherry tomatoes. There will also be programs available in connection with Plasticulture, pest management and trends in fresh crop post-harvesting research and development.
Topics of this program:
• Preparation for export; quality assurance regulations
• Mango orchard; fertilization and harvest timing
• Trends in fresh crop post-harvesting research and development
• Banana plantation; irrigation and wind protection technologies
• Cooling marketing chain; from farm to consumer
• Long shelf life variety development; Pepper and cherry tomato
• Integrated pest management (IPM ) in Citrus
• Avocado agro technologies; propagating, pruning and irrigation control systems
• Plasticulture in Israel
• Sorting and packing of fresh produce and “ready to eat” tray for supermarket.