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Agriculture

A success story
Making the Desert Bloom

Israel's agriculture is the outcome of a long struggle against harsh, adverse conditions and of making maximum use of scarce water and arable land. Its success lies in the determination and ingenuity of farmers and scientists who have dedicated themselves to developing a flourishing agriculture in a country, which is more than half desert, thus demonstrating that the real value of land is a function of how it is utilized.

Agriculture plays an important part in Israel's economy, representing today some 2.5 percent of the GDP and 3.6 percent of exports. The proportion of agricultural workers among all employed persons in the labor force is about 3.7 percent.

Israel produces 95 percent of its own food requirements, supplemented by imports of grain, oil seeds, meat, coffee, cocoa and sugar, which are more than offset by a wide range of agricultural products for export.

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