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Ramat Negev Desert Agro Research and Innovation Center

One of Israel's leading facilities in desert agriculture. Founded in 1981 in the heart of the Israeli desert, the center focuses on growing food in semi-arid and arid areas. In the last four decades, the center has gained immense experience in researching solutions for profitable and advanced agriculture. Our goal is to continuously improve crop diversity and yields by optimizing the use of water supply, various soil types, fertilization, pest control, and other resources.


The center carries out research in collaboration with academic institutions and works in symbiotic cooperation with neighboring farms. As a result, it produces practical solutions that are implemented immediately in commercial fields, greenhouses, and orchards.

Our research focuses on the following goals:

  • Testing new varieties of vegetables and citrus fruits 

  • Improving agro techniques 

  • Streamlining irrigation and fertilization 

  • Saving manual labor costs

The experiments are performed on a wide variety of crops including tomatoes, peppers, melons, herbs, cucumbers, eggplants, olives, pomegranates, edible/wine grapes, dates, jojoba, and more. 

The mission at Ramat Negev Desert Agro Research Center is to share experience and expertise with every part of the world that is facing challenging agricultural conditions.


International Projects

Throughout the years, the center has supported agricultural activities in different countries. Our profound experience in managing agricultural projects and establishing research centers and greenhouses brings a comparative advantage and proven success in desert agriculture to the world.

In Egypt, the center helped establish and manage an experimental facility researching different types of crops to determine which are optimal to grow in the Marryat region. The project yielded excellent results, making the Marryat region the leading strawberry producer in Egypt and a prominent world contributor. 

In the United States, the center partnered with the Hopi Native American tribe, aiding them in enhancing their farming techniques with the help of innovative and advanced technologies. 

Training Courses

The international training center offers courses to students from all over the world, allowing them to gain unique knowledge and practical experience in various fields of advanced agriculture. The courses include professional practice and fieldwork in addition to theoretical knowledge. The school offers a wide range of agriculture courses such as dairy farming, fishing, crop, and handling. The knowledge and skills trainees acquire in the 11-month program can later be applied in their home countries to improve farms and crops.

The center provides three additional services:


  • Instructors for agricultural courses

  • Online consultations with an agronomist for farmers and businesses

  • Apprenticeships for researchers to acquire practical experience 

Exporting Produce 

The unique crops that grow at the center and at the neighboring farms, including the famous cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs (mint, basil, Salicornia, and more), are exported to international markets and bring the distinguished taste of Israeli desert agriculture to the world. 


The center specializes in acclimatizing new products and creating research infrastructure and professional guidelines for new crops. 

Experience and knowledge, coupled with technologies and tools, allow the research center to grow almost anything – almost anywhere. 


The Site 

The center is situated in the desert, near Wadi Habesor, 30 km south of Beer Sheva.

  • Coordinates: Lat. 31  05' 00"  Long. 34  41' 03" 

  • Altitude: 305 m. 

  • Average Rainfall: 90 mm/yr

Available Water Qualities 

Mixing two waters or adding brine allows the obtaining of any salinity level needed for cultivation.

  • Fresh Water

    • Salinity: EC = 0.4 dS/m,  40 mg CI¯1

    • Source: Israel's National Water Carrier (desalinated)

  • Brackish water (extracted at a temperature of 38C/100F) 

    • Salinity: EC = 4 - 7 dS/m  1,600 mg CI¯1

    • Source: Seven local sources with water levels at least 300m below surface 

Available Soil Types 

The site was specifically chosen at a point where two different types of soil converge. 

  • Sand 

    • Clay percentage of 1 - 5 %

    • pH of 7.8 - 8.2 

  • Light loess (i.e. eolian sandy loam derived from coastal sand dunes originating from the Nile)

    • Clay percentage of 6 - 8 %

    • pH of 7.2 - 7.4 (up to 8) 






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