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Opinion: Uganda Can Learn From How Israel Deals with Dry Conditions
March 17, 2017
It is so amazing that a desert country like Israel has one of the best and most highly developed agriculture industries and productivity in the world. Israel is a major exporter of fresh produce and a world-leader in agricultural technologies despite the fact that the geography of Israel is not naturally conducive to agriculture.
More than half of the land area is desert, and the climate and lack of water resources do not favour farming. This contrasts with Uganda’s agriculture sector because Uganda has one of the best climate in the world. It is the “pearl of Africa” after all, surrounded by fresh water bodies like rivers, stream and lakes.
Israel is a world leader in agricultural research and development, which has led to dramatic increases in the quantity and quality of the country's crops. The drive to increase yields and crop quality has led to the development of new seed and plant varieties, as well as to innovations such as a soil conditioner substance (vermiculite) which, when mixed with local soils, boosts crop yields, and drip irrigation.