Netafim has signed an agreement for irrigation, development and training of farmers in Mexico.
Eli Shohet, Co-CEO at Netafim: "The global crisis has made it necessary for Netafim to continue supporting farmers around the world with the most advanced technologies and knowledge, enabling them to achieve higher yields and better quality crops, while using fewer resources – less water, less fertilizers and less energy."Netafim, the world's largest and leading company for smart water solutions for agriculture, signed a cooperation agreement this week with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Jalisco State of Mexico, during the recent visit of Jalisco's Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Alvaro García Chávez, to Israel.
According to the agreement, Netafim will assist in the funding, development and irrigation of agricultural regions throughout the state of Jalisco, spanning an estimated area of 46,000 hectares. Netafim is expected to supply thousands of advanced irrigation systems to these areas, including fields where sugar cane will be grown for bio-diesel or sugar extraction. Additional crops to be irrigated are avocado and corn. This agreement also includes the participation of Netafim's experts in farmer training.
The value of the overall program is estimated at $4 million (50 million pesos).
The activities in Mexico will be conducted through the company's local subsidiary and by irrigation experts of the daughter company, "Netafim Mexico", in close cooperation with a group of irrigation experts, farmers and professionals from Israel. Eli Ben Simon, CEO Netafim Latin America, who signed the agreement on behalf of Netafim, said that, "Mexico is one of the leading growers and exporters of agricultural crops to North America and is considered one of Netafim's main growth engines. We are proud to be a part of the implementation momentum of irrigation technology in the state of Jalisco, whose rate of progress in this sector is very impressive."
One of Netafim's 13 global manufacturing sites is located in Mexico. This site was established two years ago in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas and employs 30 workers.
Eli Shohet, Co-CEO at Netafim: "The global crisis has made it necessary for Netafim to continue supporting farmers around the world with the most advanced technologies and knowledge, enabling them to achieve higher yields and better quality crops, while using fewer resources – less water, less fertilizers and less energy."