“Israeli innovation has the power to tackle both climate change and the global water crisis”

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For 5,000 years, the standard method of irrigation in 85% of the world’s fields has been flooding – flooding the field with amounts of water that can be two or three times greater than needed. 12% of greenhouse gas emissions from food production are caused by the flooding of rice paddies worldwide. With these data, Eran Pollak, co-founder and CEO of N-Drip, opened his conference as part of Calcalist’s Innovation Week.

“Every innovation can be told in two directions – the technological direction, the incredible software and the unique patent, the ones we have of course in N-Drip, but our story starts differently, because of the problem, why do we even need from U.S ?

“N-Drip’s story stems from one of today’s big issues, climate change and the global water crisis,” he said.

Eran Pollack. Photo: Calcalist Studio

Pollak gave two examples that illustrate the problem that N-Drip was trying to solve. “Jeff, a cotton farmer from Australia, comes from a farming family in the great cotton growing region of central Australia. He is an excellent farmer with a farm of several thousand hectares. Like all its neighbours, it waters its cotton fields by flooding them – and like them, for more than a decade it has been reducing cultivation areas each year for lack of water.

“When I met him in the field and saw up close all the areas Jeff had to dry out due to lack of water, I realized we were changing his world,” said- he declared.

“Jeff represents for us a business model of farmers who, through N-Drip, are changing a 5,000 year old tradition. He is part of a huge group of farmers from the southwestern United States to the ‘Australia and many other countries, who hold an unfathomable amount of millions of acres, and were just waiting for a technological and economic solution that would allow them to stop flooding their fields.

The second example is that of Christine, the vice president of purchasing for one of the world’s largest food companies that operates in 200 countries. “Christine is struggling to manage the supply of agricultural products because – in India the water is running out, and in Arizona there is a terrible drought and we have already talked about Australia. What is the connection of Christine with the water Well, the entire food company supply chain is based on buying potatoes and corn directly from around 40,000 farmers. of the Indian or Vietnamese farmer, directly affects Christine and the food company.

“But Christine and Jeff’s problems don’t end with the water.

“Extensive flood irrigation is one of the main causes of groundwater pollution, soil salinization and is responsible for a very large share of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture,” said Pollak said.


“N-Drip’s solution includes converting flood-irrigated fields into precise, sustainable irrigation technology based solely on the ultimate renewable energy – gravity! Using the field’s natural slopes and unique technology, N- Drip enables precise irrigation without the need for expensive infrastructure and energy that until now has been associated with precise irrigation.In addition, N-Drip operates an information and management system that uses precise sensors , an artificial intelligence system and a mathematical model. The system allows the farmer to actually manage the field: know when and how much to water, when to fertilize the plants and accurately predict the level of harvest expected at the end season. This combination allows the global agribusiness, Christine’s story, to manage supply risk and streamline the supply chain,” he said.

When it comes to N-Drip’s innovation, he said it comes down to a connection between an exceptionally engineered solution and business models that enable rapid adoption, especially in such a conservative and complex industry. “This connection makes N-Drip an incredible tool in the global fight against the damage of climate change.”

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