International Journal of
Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Water Res. Environ. Eng.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6613
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJWREE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 304

Review

Irrigation system in Israel: A review

Girma Megersa
  • Girma Megersa
  • Department of Agriculture, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture, Salale Campus, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
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Jemal Abdulahi
  • Jemal Abdulahi
  • School of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
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  •  Received: 11 December 2014
  •  Accepted: 11 March 2015
  •  Published: 31 March 2015

Abstract

The objective of this paper was to review the irrigation system of Israel and to identify the most common irrigation methods used for safe, efficient and sustainable agricultural production in arid and semi-arid regions of the world. Israel is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and characterized by desert and semi-desert climatic conditions. Major constraints of the country include: Frequent droughts, desertification of agricultural land, rapid urbanization, depleting resources: technological uncertainty and high cost of non-conventional sources, degradation of water quality and increased water scarcity. Among these constrains, water scarcity is the primary limiting factor in Israel agriculture while the country depends on irrigation. The main water source for agriculture is pressure drip irrigation systems. Drip irrigation has the highest water efficiency rate in agriculture, reaching a 70 to 80% rate, versus open irrigation, which achieves 40%. Recycled use of water, waste water, adding nutrients mixed in with the water and desalination are the recent new innovation used to solve problem of water scarcity in Israel. Therefore, technology currently innovated to alleviate problem of irrigation water resources by Israel should have to be adopted in arid and semi arid of the world to increase the productivity.

 

Key words: Water resource, types of irrigation, drip irrigation system in Israel.