Netafim Irrigation Pays Tribute To 50 Years

Netafim Serving Ag For 50 Years

Netafim USA, the global leader in irrigation, celebrated 50 years of drip irrigation innovation during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California.  Marking five decades since the company first changed the face of global agriculture by introducing the world to drip irrigation technology, Netafim USA CEO John Vikupitz addressed the positive impact of Netafim’s drip irrigation technology on the agriculture industry over the past half century during a press conference held in conjunction with the company’s participation at the 2015 World Ag Expo.

“The 50th anniversary is a milestone that gives us the opportunity to share our story, achievements and goals as the world leader in drip irrigation,” said Vikupitz.  “Five decades after being established by a group of Israeli farmers in 1965 as a solution to the lack of quality water for food production, Netafim has continued to help farmers overcome challenges, increase yields and reduce costs by providing access to the most innovative water-saving crop management solutions available.”

While reaffirming the company’s commitment to driving the mass adoption of smart irrigation solutions to fight scarcity of food, water, and land, Vikupitz stressed that a large part of Netafim’s success results from collaboration with industry leaders, partners and growers.

“Recent innovations such as the lower cost, easy-to-install PolyNet system and the center pivot-based (PMDI) Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation system are examples of how Netafim listened to its customers, and redefined its core mission to help growers grow more with less,” added Vikupitz.  “More than just products, they truly represent Netafim’s desire to continually push the boundaries of what is possible, and deliver viable solutions to help farmers address the challenges of modern agriculture.”

As for the next 50 years, Vikupitz sees significant challenges as the world’s rapidly growing population places increased production demands on farmers.

“We are undergoing a transformative time, where the convergence of environment, culture and technology are changing the face of farming.  The need to maximize productivity while using less resources will be the challenge of this new era of farming,” said Vikupitz.

He continued, “As production demands mount, growers are turning to drip irrigation systems as a crop management tool. By enabling precision application of water and nutrients during the critical growth stages of a crop, Netafim’s drip irrigation solutions empower growers with improved control over many of the variables that ultimately affect a crop’s yield potential.”

Attended by an audience of media, Netafim employees and invited guests, the event concluded with a luncheon and a toast to the next 50 years of Netafim drip irrigation.

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Netafim Recycling
Netafim Recycling


With Netafim Recycling, a wholly owned subsidiary of Netafim Irrigation, Inc of Fresno, California, getting rid of used irrigation tubing in California in an environmentally responsible way is reliable, easy, cost-efficient and convenient. Netafim Recycling will pick up used irrigation tubing/hose/tape right from the farm and recycle it to produce a recycled resin used in mining and landscape dripline applications and in industrial products such as plastic pallets.

Water Forum Aug. 29 Chukchansi Park

Water Forum will present the facts on the drought and environmental restrictions

The Fresno Grizzlies have announced that Netafim USA will be the presenting sponsor of the Farm Grown Central Valley Water Forum scheduled for Friday, August 29th at Chukchansi Park prior to the Tacoma Rainiers vs. Fresno Grizzlies 7:05 p.m. PT game.

The forum topic will center on the current drought conditions and the impacts to the Central Valley Ag industry and rural communities. “There is no greater issue in the Central Valley than the current and future availability of water for agricultural use; forums – like this one – are an essential step towards developing a long term solution for California’s agricultural community,” said Ze’ev Barylka, Marketing Director for Netafim USA.

The panel discussion will focus on the issue of regional impacts, asking the questions: how did the system breakdown, what are the subsequent statewide effects, and finally, what coalitions are being developed outside the Central Valley to assist in fixing the system. Panelists will include representatives from various water agencies, government leaders and officials.

“This partnership certainly brings to light the vital role that Netafim USA plays in providing emerging water conservation and drip irrigation technologies to the Central Valley Ag and farming industry. The partnership will also provide the Farm Grown program with tremendous amounts of exposure to the industry beyond the Central San Joaquin Valley as well, thereby increasing our ability to continue in providing topical agricultural forums to promote agriculture and farming here at the stadium,” said Jerry James, Fresno Grizzlies Vice President of Revenue.


The Water Forum Panel will include:

  • Congressman Jim Costa  (CA-16)
  • Congressman David Valadao (CA-21)
  • State Senator Tom Berryhill (14th Senate District)
  • GM of Kings River Conservation District David Orth
  • GM of the Friant Water Authority Ronald D. Jacobsma
  • Marketing Director for Netafim USA and Netafim Mexico Ze’ev Barylka

Forum Moderator Bud Elliott

Netafim Rolls Out Portable Drip Irrigation Technology 

New PolyNet Flexible Piping System Provides Cost-Effective, 

Water-Saving Solution For Today’s Farms


Addressing the diverse operational and environmental needs of today’s modern growers, Netafim, the pioneers of drip irrigation, have unveiled PolyNet, a high-performance, flexible, lightweight, cost-effective, piping solution for above and below-ground agricultural drip irrigation systems.

Utilizing an advanced, collapsible design, PolyNet is an innovative mainline and sub-mainline portable drip irrigation piping solution from Netafim that enables growers to easily install, recoil and relocate a drip irrigation system for use in an alternate field or different configuration.Netafim-PolyNet-Outlet

Featuring leakage-free lateral connectors and integrated welded outlets, spaced according to customer requirements, PolyNet’s advanced design provides growers with an easy-to-assemble, precise water delivery solution that lowers labor and maintenance costs, increases water savings and improves crop performance potential through enhanced system performance.

Additionally, the cost (per acre) of a PolyNet portable drip irrigation system is substantially less than a below-ground PVC system, giving producers more options when deciding on a system that is the right fit for their operation.

Netafim-PolyNet in field 2“A perfect complement to Netafim’s singular focus of providing reliable, simple and affordable irrigation solutions to help today’s farmers address the challenges of an increasingly complex industry, PolyNet enables farmers to reap the benefits of a drip irrigation system in areas where flexibility is essential,” said Ze’ev Barylka, Director of Marketing for Netafim USA. “Since first pioneering drip irrigation technology nearly 5 decades ago, the debut of PolyNet is a result of Netafim’s continued commitment to providing growers wit leading tools and technology needed to improve yield potential and productivity, while reducing costs, labor and water use.”

Available in a wide range of diameters, PolyNet’s thermostatic collapsible irigation pipe is constructed from rugged premium polyethylene materials that are designed to be versatile and durable enough to withstand the weight of heavy field machinery as well as the most stringent environmental conditions. Requiring no specialized installation tools, PolyNet is equipped with a connector kit and an array of branching and lateral fittings, making it compatible with any Netafim on-surface or subsurface (SDI) irrigation system.

For more information on PolyNet or the company’s industry leading drip irrigation products please visit