The business developed more rapidly than even our greatest expectations. Netafim pioneered drip irrigation in the sixties and is today Israel’s leading producer in that field as well as being a world leader in the development of modern irrigation methods.
Netafim in Israel is comprised of three manufacturing plants at three different kibbutzim, Yftach in the north, Magal in the center and Hatzerim in the south.
Netafim has 17 production factories around the world in which more than 4,000 workers are employed.
Drip irrigation usage saves water and fertilizers and gives considerably greater yields, thus contributing to the environment and to the need to increase food production in the world.
Farming on the kibbutz has been greatly reduced lately and our agricultural side now consists of the milk farm (300 dairy cows) and jojoba plantations. Jojoba Israel is a relatively new industrial venture established by the kibbutz to extract oil from jojoba beans, which is exported for use in the cosmetics industry. There are now thousands of dunams of green Jojoba plants growing around the kibbutz, irrigated with Netafim drippers and treated sewage water. Oil is extracted from the Jojoba beans in a modern fully automatic plant on the kibbutz.
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Jojoba Israel is the leading company in Israel and throughout the world in producing and selling Jojoba oil. The company was established in 1990 in Kibbutz Hatzerim in the Negev of Israel. From the start the company applied methods of growth which had been developed by the scientists of the Negev Institute of Research as well as their research in a variety of Jojoba species. Since then there is continuous research being done by the Israel Jojoba's team of agronomists as well as development of Jojoba species.
The oil is actually a liquid golden wax. It is produced by cold pressing of the seeds of the plant which have been meticulously chosen. The procedure is completely automatic to make the oil pure, natural and of the first rate quality so it can be an important component in the luxurious cosmetic industry.
The company applies an environmental preserving policy and uses water saving systems and technologies, agricultural machinery to save manpower, and does not use pesticides during the growing of the seeds.
The company is obliged to improve constantly and efficiently its production systems including SO9001-201 and GMP-ISO22716 qualifications.
The Jojoba oil was acknowledged by the cosmetic manufacturers as an active advantageous component in products used to protect and care for the human skin, hair and fingernails. In order to meet the growing demands for the Jojoba oil, Jojoba Israel has planted many Jojoba plantations all around the kibbutz and the Negev. A new modern factory to extract the Jojoba oil was built in 2017 in Kibbutz Hatzerim to be an important factor in its way to meet its establishers' vision.
The vision of the company: Jojoba Israel will aspire to make the Jojoba oil a relevant and constant product in the world cosmetic industry. Jojoba Israel will become the significant and
influential factor in the Jojoba market in the world. We are obliged to supply Jojoba oil to all the world, everywhere in the world, in the place and time it is needed.
Since 2015 Jojoba Israel sells 98% of its production abroad through Jojoba Desert whose offices are located in Kibbutz Hatzerim. Jojoba Desert is the selling\marketing arm both of Jojoba Israel and Desert Oil. The Jojoba oil is exported to many countries where the big world cosmetic industries are like the USA, Germany, France, China, Japan, Spain and others.
Within the company is a research and development department that is working hard to develop new products using jojoba wax and using the jojoba wax as a raw material for the world cosmetic industry.Jojoba Desert is building the market that enables it to bring the message of quality natural ingredients to the cosmetic world, to promote and lead the branch in the world directly from our blooming Negev.
Other profitable branches of the kibbutz are the dairy farm, the law offices, a craft shop, kennels, dancing academy and others.
Many kibbutz members now work outside of the kibbutz in their profession and their salary contributes to the kibbutz economy.
Kibbutz Hatzerim Today
Our entire economy is based on the work of more than 480 members and in total there are about 1000 people who live on the kibbutz.
Some children born on the kibbutz have already become members while others have left and chosen a different way of life.
A large number of our children who have left school are currently engaged in various activities.
These include a years community service for high school graduates who are allowed by the army
to defer their draft for a year, military service for both boys and girls,
higher education or working on the kibbutz while they decide what they want to do.
The kibbutz grants its children 15 years of education.
At present there are about 270 children up to the age of 18, at which age they are due to enter the army.
Our kibbutz elementary school is a local school dedicated to the promotion of the values of community, nature and art and our high school students study at the nearby Eshel Hanasi Regional Comprehensive High School.
Since 1978 our children up to the age of 15 sleep at home, after that if they wish they can transfer to the youth area .
Hatzerim today is a multi generation community, with members, children, grandchildren and we have been joined by retired parents of members from Israel and abroad.
The founding members have reached retirement age but still contribute where they can to the kibbutz. The kibbutz has set aside appropriate savings for pension funds and for grants to children who decide to leave the kibbutz.
As a kibbutz with many graduates of the scouts and of Habonim Dror we take an active part in the ongoing educational work of these movements including sending educational emissaries (shlichim) abroad.
During the seventies and eighties we adopted and helped two young kibbutzim during their early days, Ketura in the Arava valley near Eilat and Har-Amasa in the Hebron area.
Together with a group of educators we helped to establish Kedma, an educational youth village situated about 80kms north of us.
Our most significant on-going social undertaking is the absorption of Israeli youth within the framework of Youth Aliya. Four such groups have completed their high school education with us since 1976.
Our modern dining room is need of extension, there is a modern laundry, sports stadium, a small performance hall, a small supermarket for everyday basic needs, social club for meetings and cultural activities, a functional pub, nursing care centre for whoever is in need etc.
Kibbutz Hatzerim is a collective community that encourages everyone to be involved, equality and solidar
ity, a caring community. The core values of Hatzerim are
1. mutual ownership of the assets.
2. personal budgets according to family size and needs, preventing any kind of differential income.
3. mutual responsibility mainly in education, health, and care
4. decisions democratically taken by the members
5. keeping a standard of living that reflects the economical state of the kibbutz within a long term view
It is the obligation of every member of the kibbutz to provide an income and be active in the day to day running of the kibbutz and
contribute to the welfare of the kibbutz.
The kibbutz is obliged to develop sources of suitable employment for all of its members.
where are we on the map
Kibbutz Hatzerim is located about 8kms west of Beer Sheva in a relatively arid area with an average rainfall of up to 180mm., there have been years of drought when the rainfall did not even reach 100mm.