Commences Netafim 24 month irrigation exclusivity
Eurocontrol a Canadian public company specializing in the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative test and measurement technologies for industry with application systems focused on the energy security, semiconductor and precision agriculture sectors, announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary Croptimal Ltd. ("Croptimal") has successfully commercialized its agricultural solution in Israel and is providing its Croptimal service for customers specializing in almond crops including to Kibbutz Sha'ar HaAmakim, a farm that has over 200 acres of almond crops located in northern Israel where a complete solution that includes samples collection, preparation and testing, along with final detailed analysis including agronomic recommendations is being provided. Further, pursuant to a 2016 agreement with Netafim, an Israeli company that is the global leader in drip and micro-irrigation solutions for sustainable agricultural productivity, the commencement of commercialization of this almond project has triggered the two year exclusivity rights for the irrigation sector to Netafim.
Croptimal comprises integrated firmware units utilizing Multi-Spectral Technology (MST). The mobile lab performs immediate spectroscopic composition analysis of nutrients in the field, offering a unique precise agricultural service that enhances crop yields. Croptimal performs real time immediate tests and analysis in the field for crops, soil and water, replacing traditional complicated methods that are typically undertaken at distant laboratories and normally require days to weeks for results. The data collected by Croptimal is accumulated in a Cloud-based database that will provide "big-data" for intelligent recommendations and data mining trends.
Doron Reinis, Chief Operating Officer of Eurocontrol, stated, "The Croptimal service being provided to Kibbutz Sha'ar HaAmakim is expected to increase yields, reduce expenses and boost the revenue of the kibbutz. The almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and North Africa. World production of almonds is over 3 million tons per year and with growing demand. This project for kibbutz Sha'ar HaAmakim will serve as a case study enhancing the Croptimal platform as a beneficial solution to this specific market."
Bruce Rowlands, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, added" We are very pleased that our Croptimal technology and service has been embraced so quickly proving that our model of "taking the laboratory to the field" to provide actionable results is the way of the future. Croptimal's technology and service can be applied to virtually any crop and our team in Israel is currently working on tomatoes, potatoes and corn with interest expressed on numerous other crops including marijuana."
About Croptimal Ltd.
Croptimal is a private Israeli company formed in early 2017 and is 100% owned by Eurocontrol. The Croptimal technology was initially developed by Xenemetrix, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) systems and components. Xenemetrix is located in Israel and with over 30 years experience, numerous certifications and awards, Xenemetrix continues to develop highly innovative XRF solutions suitable for today's ever-growing analytical challenges. Croptimal's service developed following the need and demand of farmers and agronomists to increase crop yields, both quality and quantity to meet the rapidly increasing world population. Croptimal's expert agronomists and researchers continue to innovate this state of the art, disruptive precision agriculture technology - in-field service that provides quick, accurate analysis of nutrients in crops, soil and water, replacing traditional complicated methods that are typically undertaken at distant laboratories and normally require weeks of waiting for results. The collected data is accumulated in a Cloud-based database that will provide "big-data" for intelligent recommendations and data mining trends.