THERE’S a pointed sweet pepper that they are growing in greenhouses at the Arava desert in southern Israel. This is a tall variety that produces a lot of fruits, five of them usually weighing a kilo.
According to Ronnen Schlachet who is managing a 29-hectare sweet pepper farm, 30,000 plants are grown per hectare. Each plant yields 3 kilos so that one hectare yields abut 90 tons.
The greenhouse costs 400,000 Euros to build per hectare but it could last for many years. After each cropping, the greenhouse is dismantled and the soil is cultivated with tractor. After plowing and harrowing, the soil is covered with plastic for 45 days. That’s the new way of sterilizing the soil. It’s called solarization which does not use any chemical. The heat of the sun kills the harmful microbes.
Photo shows Supanee Na Songkhla, a Thai journalist, posing with fruitful pointed sweet pepper in the farm of Mr. Schlachet.