AFTER building dairy farms in China and Vietnam, Kibbutz Afikim is doing the same think in the West Bank city of Hebron. An Israeli-Palestinian dairy farm is being built by the SAE Afikim company in a bid to fight the milk shortage in the Palestinian Authority.
According to Dr. Ismail Jubrani, one of the dairy farm’s owners, producing milk in the PA territories is cheaper and more accessible for Palestinians than buying milk produced in Israel.
“We turned to Kibbutz Afikim because the Israeli milk industry is No. 1 in the world, and we are happy to be able to use the knowledge and modernization of our neighbors to help us increase the amount of milk in the PA,” he said.
One of the difficulties the Hebron dairy farmers informed their Israeli colleagues of was the failure to utilize the amount of milk produced by the cows to the fullest.
The AfiFarm computerized system developed in Kibbutz Afikim guides the Hebron dairy farmers on how to take advantage of all portions of milk with the help of computerized equipment which identifies the milked cow through a sensor it wears and memorizes the amount of milk that cow usually produces.
According to Jubrani, the Israeli equipment also helped increase the herd in Hebron, where there is no option to import cows. “We increased the herd through natural reproduction by using a computerized oestrum indicator which informs the dairy farmers are informed of possible conception times.”