75 Indian villages to be shaped with Israeli cooperation: Agri minister
Taking to the ''next level'' the Indo-Israel cooperation in the field of agriculture, 75 Indian villages will be shaped with Israeli cooperation to mark the country's 75th Independence anniversary, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said here.
They discussed various issues related to modern agro techniques, capacity building, transfer of knowledge know-how, and support in the fields of agriculture, water management, environment, and rural development, keeping in view the scope and potential of agriculture development in both the countries, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare said in a statement.
As India and Israel celebrate 30 years of establishment of diplomatic relations, the ongoing bilateral partnership would be further strengthened through ''mutual visits and sharing of experiences'', the visiting minister said.
Tomar said as India celebrates its 75th Independence anniversary this year, ''it has been decided that we will shape up 75 villages of excellence with Israeli collaboration and another 75 to follow thereafter''.
Trade relations between the two countries would also get a boost shortly, the Israeli agriculture minister said.
India and Israel have agreed to complete the process of finalizing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by the end of June this year.
The delegation visited the facilities of Green 2000 - Agricultural Equipment and Know-How Ltd. and NETAFIM Ltd. which are engaged in planning, set-up, consultation, and ongoing management of various projects in micro and smart Irrigation across the globe.
''Learning about the application of technology and innovative procedures in farming with a focus on high-value crops, vegetables and fruits were the highlights of the visit'', the delegation said.
Tomar also had a roundtable discussion with more than half a dozen Israeli Agritech Startups at Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute. He extended an invite to the companies to work in India.
The delegation visited the Agricultural Research Organisation (ARO), Volcani Institute known for its expertise in agriculture under arid conditions, on lackluster soils, irrigation through effluent and saline water, and minimization of post-harvest losses by using the latest pest control and storage methods.
Tomar also held a long interaction with the institute's post-doctoral fellows from India.
The issues of deliberations include crop cultivation in protected environments, freshwater fish farming, advanced plant protection techniques, precision agriculture, remote sensing, and post-harvest science and technology among others, it said.
The farmer owns a desert boutique farm, Beer Milka, in the Negev desert area. He has adopted modern technologies with the technical support of Ramat Negev Agro Research Centre and is growing vegetables, fruits, and superfoods in the heart of the Negev desert, the ministry said in the statement.
''Cherry exhibited excellence in growing Indian vegetables in extremely harsh terrain and climatic conditions with the technical support of Ramat Negev Agro Research Centre in the desert area'', the delegation told PTI.
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