Ramat Negev R & D carries out experiments every ear to test varieties of olives, pomegranates, jojoba, rootstocks for wine grapes, tomatoes, peppers, fresh herbs and ornamental flowers.
The feasibility of irrigation with brackish water is tested on these plants, as well as a continual search for new products that are suitable to irrigation with brackish or salty water. Agro-technical methods suitable for desert conditions are developed.
Research work in the field of irrigation with brackish and saline water is carried out, studying methods of protecting the soil from accumulation of salt that damages the plants, as well.
Ramat Negev R & D is directed by a broad board of directors including representatives of sponsoring governmental offices, JNF, Office of Science, Ministry of Agriculture and the local farmers.
Since the goal is applied research, the researchers spend some time working in the Experimental Center and the rest of the time instructing the farmers in their commercial plots. The advantage of this system is that the knowledge accumulated in the Center is transferred directly to the farmers and problems that arise are immediately passed back.
This way we can establish a working program for the next year with priorities based on the farmers' needs. Ramat Negev R & D focuses on applied research and works in close cooperation with the farmers, the research instructors, and the academic institutions in Israel which deal with agriculture.