Tu Bashvet 2023 - President Yitzhak Herzog and his wife Michal hosted dozens of farmers from all parts of the country at the President's House in Jerusalem. During the meeting, the President and his wife held a dialogue with the old and young farmers, in order to overcome the challenges, for the future of agriculture in the State of Israel.
The farmers presented in the tabernacle The president has a particularly rich variety of the fruits of the country - bananas, apples, Asian pears, avocados, pears, persimmons, sabers, pineapples, pitayas, berries, almonds, nuts, olives, dates, kiwis, special exotic fruits and more, told about their love for the profession and They
presented their family story.
The president and his wife were also presented with an innovative development in the future apple orchards - which will be designed as a "fruit wall" in height (the branches of the trees will grow to the height and not to the sides) and the apples will be harvested using advanced and innovative robots and drones.
The President of the State and his wife hosted the organization of fruit growers in Israel in preparation for Tu B'Shvat (photo: official website, photo: Sashon Tiram)
The President expressed his great appreciation to the farmers and said: "Tu B'Shevat is a holiday that symbolizes something deep in our Israeli nationalism and the revival of the people in their country.
Rosh Hashanah for Ilanot is a reflection of the soul of the nation, of the connection to the land, to the earth, to the ground;
of faith and hope, that what we dedicated to him and in which we invested all of us, will bear fruit.
Your challenges, Israeli agriculture and farmers, are great and many, and Michal and I wish to strengthen your hands as you face them bravely and with determination, for the sake of all of us.
It is impossible to imagine the State of Israel without advanced and deep-rooted agriculture, which knows how to march us into new regions, and at the same time make the land's produce accessible to the general public.
I wish you all a happy Tu Bashvet holiday! Continue to take care of our most basic needs, and flourish Zionism in its most rooted sense. Thank you very much and much success."
The President of the State: "It is impossible to imagine the State of Israel without advanced and deep-rooted agriculture" (photo: official website, photo: Sashon Tiram)
Yaron Belhasan, a farmer from Ramot Naftali and the CEO of the Fruit Growers Organization in Israel
, thanked the President and his wife for hosting the delegation of farmers, and said: "Eating dried fruit on Tu Bashvet is a historical tradition that was established in the past, due to a lack of fresh fruit during the winter in the diaspora communities in Europe The solution was the consumption of dried fruits sent from the Holy Land of Israel to communities overseas.
Today, when there is a wide supply of Israeli agricultural produce, fresh and of high nutritional value, there is no need to hang on to the old tradition of dried and less healthy fruits - that's why I call on the public to consume fresh fruits from the Land of Israel, instead of the dried fruits, which are imported from abroad, Belhasan said and added, "The farmers are the actual 'gatekeepers' of the State of Israel, who guard the borders of the country and its lands with their bodies, settle the areas of the conflict lines near the borders, grow and supply fresh food that reaches the tables of the residents of Israel, but unfortunately in recent years the Israeli government has refused from the Israeli crop, while taking unilateral actions of lowering tariffs and encouraging imported produce over local agricultural produce. We hope that the State of Israel will know how to preserve the values of agriculture and working settlements, and will encourage the consumption of local agricultural produce."
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