Olive crop based training (Crop-Based Training)

Olive half-day seminar: Grow More with Less
Seminar code: olive-sem-1d-eng-v1

Date and Venue
This crop-oriented program is for demonstration purposes only. However, it may be revised to suit any date or any venue around the world.

Introduction
Many adaptive anatomical and physiological mechanisms allow the olive crop to withstand damaged caused by drought stress reducing vegetative growth and yield performance. Olive cultivation is steadily expanding in many countries, in response to increased oil consumption. Efforts are being made towards improving the agronomic practices, aimed at increasing yield and reducing costs, while maintaining oil quality without harming the environment.

Future scenarios predict that in most Mediterranean countries where the olives cultivation is concentrated per capita, availability in 2025 will decrease by 50% with respect to 1987. Therefore, new innovative sustainable technologies are needed not only for raising and sustaining the olive productivity per hectare but also for consistent supply of quality fruits to the global market.

Drip irrigation, invented by Netafim in 1965, is an acknowledged modern technique for achieving high efficiencies in water and nutrient use under an up-to-date sustainable agriculture.

The drip system is specifically designed to enable olive growers to use existing infrastructure. Drip system provides fast return on investment, and provides a modern maintenance and management system.

Proven olive field experiments, conducted in cooperation with Netafim in Mediterranean countries as well as in Australia, revealed that drip irrigation is economical for olive growers.

At Netafim we are committed to share our know-how and that's why we have created Netafim University (link to NU intro). We aim to bring you our profound global and local experience as we believe that "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” (Benjamin Franklin)
This crop seminar provides you with more knowledge and less open questions in order to plan to grow more olive fruit yield, more olive oil yield with less fertilizers and less fruit bitterness, or as we say - Grow More With Less.

Seminar objectives
Upon completion of this seminar, participants will:
Understand the benefits of drip irrigation for olive growers
Be familiar with the "Netafim solution" for olive growers
Recognize the economical benefits of Netafim's approach, highlighting efficient crop fertilization, uniformity of water usage, increase in yield per hectare and decrease of environmental damage.
Identify the first steps required in order to acquire additional information about drip irrigation.

Program

Who is this seminar targeting?
Farmers who grow olive in the region.

Content supervision
Dr. Fathi Abd El-Hadi, Olive Knowledge Leader, Netafim.

Lecturers and presenters
Netafim guest expert
Local Netafim representative
Local dealer representative
Local olive grower (host of venue)

Location
tbd

Language
English

Registration & cost
Participation in the seminar is free of charge.
The number of participants is limited. Please register in advance.

Transportation arrangements
According to location and needs of the participants.

Learning techniques & resources
Frontal lectures using audiovisual equipment, when possible.
Hardcopy of the key presentations will be distributed on-site.
Access to Netafim glossary.

Program

Opening  
8:30 – 9:00 Gathering and registration
9:00 – 9:15 Greetings by your hosts
Lectures  
9:15 – 9:45 Think globally, act economically!
Global changes and their effect on olive oil. It's not only about the price per hectare.
9:45 – 10:45 What happens when olive meet drip irrigation?
The benefits of drip irrigation to olive growers in comparison to traditional irrigation,
The main components of the Netafim solution for olive growers.
10:45 – 11:00 Questions & Answers
Break  
11:00 – 11:15 Break. Light snacks will be served
Lectures  
11:15 – 11:45 Olive success story brought to you by a local grower or regional dealer
11:45 – 12:15 What’s in it for me? Economical decision-making when considering drip irrigation
Workshop  
12:15 – 13:00 Presentation of a drip system by familiarizing with few of its components in order to comply with the following saying: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.”
Confucius, Chinese philosopher and teacher (551-479 BC)
Closing  
13:00 – 13:30 Seminar conclusion, practical advice and tips for the road.
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