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1 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center The Water Debate – Productivity and Production Innovation Israel as an Example Ophir Gore, Israel NewTech (National Energy & Water Program) WBM 2013, Rotterdam

2 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center Israel - Country ID 1, <100 Annual Average (mm) North: 720 Mountain: 550 South: 30

3 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center  Natural water refill: 1170 MCM (per year)  Water consumption: 2030 MCM (per year)  Annual Shortage of over ~45%  Daily Domestic Consumption Per Capita ~250 Liters Source: Israeli Water Authority Israel’s Water Shortage

4 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center Annual sewage average:  520 mcm per year  475 mcm is collected and treated (91%)  360 mcm is reclaimed for irrigation (75%) The aim is to reach up to 500 mcm by 2015 Israel has devoted numerous resources to the development of waste water treatment and reclamation, applying innovative secondary and tertiary treatment Waste Water Treatment and Reclamation

5 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center Agricultural Consumption Quality Basis 4 Potable Treated Wastewater Saline + Floods

6 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center Treated Wastewater: A renewable irrigation water source  Quality  Organics, Nutrients and Pathogens  The salts and heavy metals 5

7 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center 6 Technologies  Advanced drip irrigation systems  Advanced filters  Monitoring devices EVERY DROP COUNTS Picture: Alexandra Boulat

8 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center 7 Drip Irrigation IRRIGATE THE PLANT, NOT THE SOIL Optimizes moisture and aeration conditions Ensures precise quantities of water and nutrients directly to root zone Reduces release of gases to atmosphere due to imprecise fertilizer usage Increases yields and enhances productivity per unit of soil and water

9 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center 8 Source: Ethanol production costs - USDA 2009 Ethanol Outputs 000’ kg/ha Feedstock Yield t/ha Irrigation Method Drip Irrigation 94120Center Pivot 5670Sprinklers 4355Furrow High yields increase revenues and reduce role of ethanol production costs. ETHANOL PRODUCTION COSTS CRUCIAL INFLUENCE OF DRIP IRRIGATION ON BIO-FUEL PRODUCTION COSTS

10 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center 9 Biofuels Crops in Israel  Main crops: Castor Bean, Jatropha  Israeli companies also active in projects of: Sugar, Corn, Jojova, Camelina

11 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center 10 Fertigation

12 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center 11 Fertigation Advantages Fertigation Fertigation is the application of plant nutrients through the irrigation system N P K P K

13 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center 12 Fertigation in Castor Bean Number of seeds

14 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center 13 Fertigation in Castor Bean Number of seeds Irrigated P (m per k)

15 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center 14 Jatropha – Field Irrigation Experiment Early summer, 1 st bloom cycle, Negev Desert

16 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center 15 Jatropha – Field irrigation + fertilazation Experiment Dry weight (g) Seeds per plant Irrigated N (m per k )

17 Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor | Foreign Trade Administration | Investment Promotion Center Thank you


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