After discovering that a slow, balanced drip effect leads to extraordinary plant growth, Simcha Blass, a veteran Israeli water engineer, spent decades trying to turn his breakthrough into reality. His efforts finally came to fruition with the establishment of the Netafim Irrigation Company in 1965.
A joint venture forged between Blass and Kibbutz Hatzerim – an Israeli agricultural settlement located in the Negev desert – Netafim introduced the world’s first drip irrigation system in 1966. Netafim later turned to Rafi Mehoudar, who invented and developed the next generation of sophisticated drippers manufactured by the company. These drippers adapt to the variations of inlet pressure and clean themselves automatically, maintaining a uniform flow rate regardless of water quality and pressure.
Founded at a time when Israel aimed “to make the desert bloom,” Netafim has been a leader in global agricultural development since our founding. Always growing and diversifying, Netafim integrates a rich legacy with down-to-earth rural values and cutting-edge agronomic and technological expertise to lead the way in drip and micro-irrigation solutions worldwide.
To find out more about the evolving story of Netafim and drip irrigation, visit the Netafim Legacy site.