Moshav Hatseva - Yair Research and Development Station

Moshav Hatseva was founded in 1965 and now has a population of 485 (about 150 families). Most of the residents make a living from agriculture and tourism. Moshav Hatseva houses the Yair R&D and the Vidor Visitor's Center, which was built with the support of Friends of JNF Australia.
The moshav's water resources have been greatly enhanced by the Hatseva flood water reservoir, which was built thanks to the support of Friends of JNF Canada.

Hatseva (Yair) R&D Station

Established in 1986, the Yair Research and Development station at Hatseva in the central Arava forms part of the network of agricultural R&D stations developed and supported by KKL-JNF throughout the country.

The station's work focuses on encouraging the development of modern agriculture in the region as a basis for community development. Currently, and with the support of KKL-JNF, plans are underway for expanding the building that houses the R&D's laboratories. KKL-JNF was a partner in establishing the site's "A Window to Agriculture in the Arava", an interactive visitors center located at the R&D Station. Recently the "Adopt an Acacia" project, supported by Friends of KKL-JNF in Australia and Canada, received the coveted 2015 Negev Environmental Protection Award. With the help of the Yair R&D Station and local volunteers, 1,000 acacias tree were reintroduced into their natural habitat.

  • Arava Open Day 2016

The Vidor "Window to Agriculture in the Arava" Visitors' Center

The Vidor Family Visitors' Center, located at the Yair Agricultural R&D Station, offers an interactive experience that introduces visitors to Israel’s out-of-the-box agricultural innovations, including heart-shaped cucumbers, giant gourds, new breeds of cherry tomatoes and colored potatoes and carrots. Visitors can view photos, watch films and enjoy special exhibits, all related to the Arava.
The center was made possible by Friends of KKL-JNF in Australia and Canada.


  • The Vidor Center - A Window to Agriculture in the Arava
  • Accacia Conference at the Vidor Center