Name Kibbutz Alumim
Country Israel

Producer Profile
Founded in 1966 as an agricultural cooperative in Israel’s northwest Negev region, Kibbutz Alumim comprises some 95 families. The Kibbutz is involved in a wide range of agricultural enterprises including field crops, orchards, dairy farming, broiler production and more.

The Kibbutz cultivates a total of some 1,100 hectares of open land crops, including vegetables (potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, ground nuts and more) and field crops (wheat, forage crops and more). The Kibbutz also has 93 hectares containing a wide range of citrus varieties and some 20 hectares of avocado orchards. In addition there are some 8 hectares of growing houses for peppers.

All their crops are GLOBALG.A.P. certified and their on-site packing houses are BRC certified.
For many years now, Kibbutz Alumim has exported agricultural produce, principally carrots and potatoes, to a range of destinations including Europe, Russia and the USA.

Achievements
Kibbutz Alumim is located in southern Israel’s northwest Negev region. Since 1966, Kibbutz Alumim has succeeded in turning this once unproductive desert into a blooming environment with both intensive and extensive cropping methods designed to ensure sustainable agriculture and the preservation of this delicate ecology.

Kibbutz Alumim implements GLOBALG.A.P. standards across the board in all its agricultural enterprises. The Kibbutz views the implementation of GLOBALG.A.P. standards in all its crops as a matter of critical importance and in that respect, all their agricultural enterprises are treated as a single unit. All their agricultural efforts are guided by a clear set of principles and work methodologies designed to ensure the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices:

  • Full mapping of the growing areas,
  • Strict adherence to the principles of crop rotation,
  • Intelligent use of fertilizers,
  • Wise use of Israel’s limited water resources, particularly in the Negev region, where the sun beats down and water is both precious and scarce.

As part of a national project, most of their crops are irrigated using very high quality re-cycled water, which constitutes some 70% of their total irrigation water resources.

In 1990, Kibbutz Alumim began growing organic potatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes with the aim of slowly expanding the organic growing areas and today, organic farming has a very strong role in their field crop enterprises. One additional advantage of the organic farming areas is that they surround the Kibbutz itself and therefore, their population, ranging from newborns to pensioners is not exposed to any chemical sprays.

Kibbutz Alumim implemented ISO 9001 until the introduction of the EurepGAP standard in 1997 and then continuing with GLOBALG.A.P. Their on-site packinghouses are export oriented and compliance with international standards is a natural part of the operating methodology, while at the same time compliance brings advantages for both them and their customers.

From its very beginnings in 1966, Kibbutz Alumim has made consistent efforts to ensure that the environment is protected:

In 1988 the Kibbutz joined a national project for the biological control of rodents using owls. Monitored ever since, they have seen a steady decline in rodent populations in their fields.

The delicate loess soil in the northwest Negev is very low in organic matter and it is damaged easily. Kibbutz Alumim has developed unique cultivation methods and tools to prevent compaction and crust, improve water absorption and retention and improve soil structure and texture.

Their pest and weed control experts specialize in integrated management and with the help of the DACOM software, which supports the decision when to spray against blight in potatoes, they have successfully reduced the number of sprays each season, while ensuring effective and efficient control of the disease in the field.

The Kibbutz uses highly sophisticated, computer controlled, irrigation and fertigation systems, advanced sensor systems and whenever possible, drip irrigation to ensure the most effective use of water resources and that no excess nitrogen leaches into the ground water.

Their experience has taught them how much they benefit by implementing GLOBALG.A.P. Standards throughout the year and at every stage in their wide range of cropping cycles. They believe that the GLOBALG.A.P. Standards help them manage their entire range of crops better; they help them make smarter use of the resources available to them and, most importantly, they help them improve the environment that is our home.

GGN: 4049928143273

http://www.alumim.co.il/