Sequoia’s training programs are well diversified to meet the agricultural needs of every participant or group from well experienced farmers through beginners to potential new entrants. Above this, our international team of highly specialized and versatile agric experts and trainers knows how to not only excite the youth and open their eyes to the potential that agriculture represents in positively changing their life destinies, but to also actually equip them with the right tools to drive it as a profitable business.
Our training programs are either all-encompassing or come in modules. They focus on the developing local agricultural production and processing both for the domestic market and export. All training modules are designed to incorporate key elements such as management and finance of large, medium and small farms, rural development, leadership etc.
What we do
The Water & Crop Management Training Program provides a broad background in the inter-relationship between water, plants, soil, the environment and the development of arid and semi-arid lands.
Effective irrigation systems and water management plans enhance the quality of the land and conserve water resources. They also have a positive impact on crop production and food supply.
The seminars and workshops on offer here focus on water resource management with particular emphasis on the use of waste water for irrigation. Special attention is given to fertigation systems (i.e. irrigation and fertilization) for a variety of crops with a view to increasing yields significantly and generating higher incomes.
Drip irrigation systems have been used in orchards, open fields and greenhouses of each farm in Israel for over 40 years. All orchards in Israel are irrigated with treated wastewater therefore special drippers; filtration technologies and systems maintenance are necessary. This program shares hard-earned Israeli experience and knowledge in selecting the most profitable crops for different soil types, weather conditions, water quality and landscapes
Open field and greenhouse vegetable production take place both in small holder family farms and larger cooperative farms; supplying fresh and frozen food to the population and exporting “out of season” produce to European markets. Agriculture R&D activities take place in many regions in Israel resulting in “successful farms”. The seminars and workshops here demonstrate many of the advanced agricultural technologies needed for this industry: producing vegetable seeds and high quality seedlings in nurseries; integrated pest management; soil fertility management; crop rotation; mechanisation; plasticulture and harvesting.The combination of the right agricultural technologies and educated farmers is the key to driving agri-business as a profitable and lucrative business. We invite you to partner with us towards achieving this goal.
Sequoia offers specialized training programs in greenhouse farming. Modern intensive agriculture takes into consideration the needs of the plant and the desire of the grower for maximization of yield while decreasing risks and production costs. Controlled agriculture environment provides the optimal answer for that challenge. When designing the ideal greenhouse environment for your crop, the greenhouse structure and all the growing systems must be tailored to the plant. The demands of the food industry require consistent quality and reliable production. By building scalable greenhouses for the crops you are building not only for today, but also for your future growth.
Through this specialized training program, Sequoia’s team of experts helps you to not only get a theoretical grasp of this high efficiency system of farming but also gives participants a hands-on practical training on how to produce in this environment based on existing greenhouse farms.
Open field cops projects are carefully customized to meet local needs and climate conditions. By using diverse farming practices, irrigation methods, harvesting techniques, and storage technologies, we are able to develop a strong value chain for biofuels, grain, and fiber sources for both humans and animals. This is a very vast area that requires a lot of training to be able to change the narrative of conventional agriculture from very poor yields to drastically higher yields. The workshops and seminars are multi-facetted, tailor fitted and adapted to achieve best results for clients/participants. In addition to our broad based training programs, Specific ones will be developed tailored to the needs and budget of our clients/partners.
Aquaculture is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Over the past 10 years, it has enjoyed an average growth rate of over 8% annually. In the coming years, as it will be expected to meet the increasing demand for aquatic food, the industry will face many challenges in its aim to become economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
In Israel there is an emphasis on developing aquaculture in an environmentally sustainable manner. One example of this approach is found in the use of ponds’ wastewater to irrigate crop fields situated next to them, leading to a reduction in the use of fertilisers, among other advantages.
This program exposes participants to the economic factors involved in planning sustainable aquaculture development, using the Israeli experience in species diversity, market value and the global trade of aquaculture.
The program will focus on intensive production in fish ponds and aquacultural management. It will familiarise participants with modern technologies, fresh products storage and the problems associated with fish farming. They will study aqua cultural technologies, including feeding methods in intensive fish production, balanced breeding for occupied ponds, and the necessary management in expiration and prevention of fish diseases.
In Israel, where the dairy industry had to meet the demand of a population increased ten-fold since its establishment in 1948, the sector supplies the country’s total dairy requirements. Milk consumption per capita reaches 175 litres per year, with production potential greatly exceeding domestic needs. Dairy and beef herds account for about 13.9% of Israel’s total agricultural production: 11.4% in milk and dairy products and 2.5% in beef products. According to data collected by the Israel Dairy Board (Production and Marketing), average annual milk production per cow has increased 150% from the 1950s to 2006.
Fat and protein percentage increased dramatically as well, reaching the highest level ever (3.55% of fat and 3.25% of protein), and making fat and protein production per cow in Israel the highest in the world.
Israel carries out constant and intensive R&D and extended “on-farm trials”, dealing with dairy cattle feeding, nutrition and management with close collaboration with dairy farmers. The country also produces and exports advanced dairy technology, including computerized milking and feeding systems, cow-cooling systems and milk processing equipment. The sector’s professionals are involved in consultancy and joint international project development. Israeli-Holstein genetic sources allow for better adaptation and performance under hot climatic conditions, making importation of heifers and frozen semen from Israel very attractive to countries with harsh climatic conditions.
Participants in the Livestock Program will have an up-close look into all these developments and more, coming face to face with one of Israel’s strongest industries and its professionals.
The program concentrates on long-range planning and coordination in an evolving market structure. The objective is to provide up to date information on changing consumer trends and policies, and valuable insights into the implications for the societies they serve. Participants will learn to anticipate, recognize and capitalize on emerging opportunities in both domestic and international markets. They will be trained to share their knowledge with colleagues in their respective countries and instructed on how to contribute to economic growth in the agricultural systems at home.
The program will cover advanced systems of dairy production as well as traditional dairies and pastoral issues. Participants will study the recent advancements in dairy cattle farming and management, particularly the advanced concepts and modern technology used among high producing dairy herds. They will be introduced to techniques and outlines for dairy initiatives and for the processing and marketing of dairy products. They will learn to recognise, establish and describe the components of the supply chain that connect producers to consumers, as each “link” contributes to the final product and service offered to the consuming public. They will be exposed to a broad range of key issues affecting the dairy and food industry, from the “hands-on” perspective of CEOs, senior government officials, farmers and other leaders in these fields.
Participants in the industrial poultry farming program will have an up-close look into modern commercial Poultry with advanced technology and modular designs. The Participants will be thought on wide range of professional services aimed to build and develop a modern integrated poultry farm project. A top down planning methodology is used, taking into consideration all elements. Sequoia’s poultry team of experts will provide the trainees with a complete training program.
Here also, the program concentrates on long-range planning and coordination in an evolving market structure. The objective is to provide up to date information on changing consumer trends and policies, and valuable insights into the implications for the societies they serve. Participants will learn to anticipate, recognize and capitalize on emerging opportunities in both domestic and international markets. They will be trained to share their knowledge with colleagues in their respective countries and instructed on how to contribute to economic growth in the agricultural systems at home.