Bayer and Netafim have been successfully working together to equip farmers with tailored solutions and tools to increase quality and yields while saving resources. At Fruit Logistica 2019, both companies are going to showcase their various initiatives to advance sustainable agriculture.
Having safe, affordable, nutritious, and sustainably produced food for an ever-growing population is one of today’s most urgent challenges. Bayer has been working together with Netafim, global leader in precision irrigation, to jointly support farmers around the world in achieving this goal.
As a pioneer of drip irrigation with over 50 years of experience, Netafim has leveraged its technology as a delivery system not only for water but also for nutrients and crop protection products – to help farmers grow more with less. At Fruit Logistica 2019 in Berlin (February 6–8, 2019), Netafim will be part of the Bayer booth (Hall 1.2, B-21).
"Drip is a delivery system. It delivers water and fertilizers, as well as timely and accurate crop protection” says Gal Yarden, SVP Corporate Commercial Solutions at Netafim. "Joining Bayer at their booth at Fruit Logistica is a great testament to our successful collaboration over the years to advance sustainable agriculture.” At Fruit Logistica, both companies will showcase their joint approach and highlight their many initiatives around the world.
Collaborations around the globe
In Vietnam and India, for example, Bayer and Netafim have been working together to support smallholder farmers in growing coffee, green chilies, and hot peppers more sustainably and to connect them with international markets. In Belgium, Netafim drip technology is being used at the Bayer ForwardFarm Het Groene Hart, demonstrating sustainable agriculture in practice. In Spain and Mexico, Bayer and Netafim have implemented the closed transfer system DripByDrip, thereby contributing to operator safety and making it easier for growers to apply crop protection products in a more targeted way.
The two companies – together with IFC and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions – have also been collaborating as part of the Better Life Farming global alliance, providing holistic and innovative solutions for smallholder farmers in the developing world.
Bringing the partnership to the next level
At this year’s Fruit Logistica, Bayer and Netafim will extend their partnership and enter into a research collaboration with Ben-Gurion University. This collaboration will combine leading soil research, digital prediction tools, and state-of-the-art drip technology to develop best practices for using drip irrigation as a delivery system for the nematicide Velum® Prime in Israel.
“Advancing sustainable agriculture and equipping farmers with the capacity to grow more with less is a tremendous challenge and cannot be done by one company alone,” says Stephan Brunner, Key Relation Manager at Bayer. “That’s why we’re extremely happy to be working together with Netafim – and to have them at our booth at Fruit Logistica. The research collaboration with Ben-Gurion University shows our commitment to our partnership approach and, above all, to making agriculture more sustainable.”