• Carmit Oron

An experiment conducted by SALICROP in Israel Shows Up to 40% Increase in Tomato Yields

The agritech start-up company, SAICROP has developed a unique technology based on seed enhancement which gives seeds a resistance to heat stress and soil salinity. The technology allows for a wide variety of crops to grow in the conditions which characterize climate change. Salicrop's solution, already proven in a variety of crops, is a breakthrough in reducing global economic damage of approximately $ 40 billion a year, which can be attributed to lands deducted from agricultural cultivation. This condition could eventually cause severe food and natural resource shortages worldwide.

The global climate crisis has arrived and it is sending us its signals in a variety of ways. The world's population is growing, causing water and land resources to dwindle to the point of creating global food security threats.

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Land areas that were once used for agriculture are becoming arid (a phenomenon called "desertification") and unfit for agriculture.

In our world today, there are about 800 million hectares of saline soil. Every year about 12 million hectares of land are added to the volume of land degradation. Experts predict that by 2050 almost 50% of the world's agricultural land will be saline. Soil and water salinity treatment is a high national priority in many areas of the world.

Salicrop, has developed a treatment that provide seeds a resistance to drought, salinity and heat stress without the use of genetic modification.

Salicrop makes intelligent use of the formulas it has developed. These formulas are used as stimulants that activate the biological mechanisms in the seeds, thus causing physiological changes which, in turn, allow the seeds to cope better with abiotic stresses.

The treatment can be applied to grains, (corn, wheat and rice) vegetable seeds and alfalfa bringing about significant economic value to the farmer.

This revolutionary technology enables various varieties, marketed by a variety of seed companies in Israel and around the world, to realize their crop potential.

This year the company received funding from both the Ministry of Agriculture and the Innovation Authority.

Carmit Oron, CEO: “The many references we received from the world, and collaborations we have created in the past year with growing organizations and seed companies in Israel and globally, prove that our innovative development brings significant benefits to farmers in stress conditions. We are supporting regenerative agriculture by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soils”

An extensive field trial in processing tomatoes has recently been completed in partnership with Gadash Maoz Haim and the Prinir Company having been funded by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The experiment observed a 16%-40% increase in yield; this being the second year in a row.

In variety 1015 (of the global seed company - Heinz) a record yield of 13 tons per dunam was obtained compared to 9 tons per dunam in the control, reflecting an increased yield of 40%.

Salicrop's technology is an important breakthrough for the farmers of the Beit Shean Valley in general and Maoz Haim in particular, allowing them to continue growing profitable crops under soil and salt water stress. The company is currently conducting experiments in late tomato planting in the Ahula Valley under extreme heat conditions.

The tomato processing growth is a major player among the global food industry. In 2019, global exports of tomato paste generated more than $ 3.1 billion out of $ 6.4 billion generated from global trade in tomato products.

Salicrop focuses on increasing sales in Israel and around the world.

Carmit Oron, CEO of Salicrop: "Climate change, rising transportation prices, severe droughts and heat stress in Europe together with the war in the Ukraine have made headlines concerning the global shortage of crop yield and the need for countries to act for food security.

The debate surrounding carbon sequestration in the world, too, produces many unique business opportunities. Our achievements indicate an increase of about 20% in alfalfa yield in high salinity conditions and irrigation water, and serve as an opportunity for us to cooperate with international players in sustainable agricultural interfaces".

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