About us

Southern Arava R&D (SA R&D) hosts various scientific activities including soil and water sciences, postharvest, horticulture, flowers and ornamental plants, vegetables, plant protection and agrotechnology.

The soil, water and plant testing lab serves the SA R&D researchers and together with extension officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, provides comprehensive support for the region's farmers, landscapers and gardeners.


Then and Now

1964 – Establishment of the Arava Experimental Station.

1985 – Southern Arava Research and Development (SA R&D) established, constituting an expansion of the experimental station's activities.

SA R&D was established by the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency, in the framework of the Negev and Arava R&D. The R&D extends over the entire area of the Hevel Eilot Regional Council and is operated by Ardom Management and Holdings.

Today, the R&D's activities are funded mainly by the Jewish National Fund and by various Israeli government ministries coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture. Additional funding is provided by JCA Israel, the World Zionist Organization Settlement Division, the Plants Production and Marketing Board, and Hevel Eilot Regional Council.


Researchers at SA R&D enjoy rich collaboration with colleagues from Israel’s agricultural academic institutions, including the Agricultural Research Organization, the Faculty of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Quality Sciences of the Hebrew University, Ben-Gurion University and Tel Aviv University. Successful cooperation is also enjoyed with the Ministry of Agriculture and its extension service, and with agronomists and field professionals representing various agricultural equipment and service providers.

Internationally, prominent institutions collaborating with SA R&D include, among others: University of California, University of Arizona, Utah State University, Florida State University, Texas A&M University, USDA-ARS, Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension, and Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology.


Our Researchers

  • Ezra Ravins
    Appointed manager of the R&D center, resident of Tzofar, former manager of Central and
  • Amnon Greenberg
    Interim Director & Senior researcher. Received BA in agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
  • Dr. Hamutal Borochov-Neori
    Postharvest head researcher. Work Address Southern Arava R&D Hevel Eilot 88820, Israel Phone: office
  • Moti Harari
    Flowers and Garden Plants Head Researcher. KIBBUTZ YOTVATA M.P.  EILOT 88820 ISRAEL 972 8
  • Avi Sadowsky
     Plant Protection and Orchard Head Researcher. Originally from Kfar Monash but lives in Rehovot.
  • Daryl Gillett
    Vegetables Head Researcher. Personal Information: Work Address: Southern Arava R&D Hevel Eilot 88820, Israel.
  • Ehud Zeelim
    Soil and Water Head Researcher. Born in Mazkeret Batia. PhD. Student, the Department of
  • Dr. Alon Ben-Gal
    SA R&D – Scientific Director. Received a BSc in Soil and Water Sciences from
  • Prof. Uri Shani
     Soil and Water – Scientific Director. Received a B.Sc. in Soil and Water Sciences,


  • SA R&D identifies relevant needs and priorities of the region's agriculture.
  • SA R&D initiates and coordinates applied research to benefit agriculture in southern Israel.
  • SA R&D enhances profits of local farmers by providing comprehensive professional assistance.


SA R&D is responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of projects in agriculture within a broad spectrum of specialties.

Our Partners