Chandigarh, Jan. 23 (IANS) The 30th Indo-Israel Center of Excellence was inaugurated in Haryana, beautifully coinciding with Israel and India approaching the completion of 30 years of full diplomatic relations.
Agriculture Minister Jai Parkash Dalal, Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel and Israel’s Ambassador to India Naor Gilon inaugurated the center in Gignow in Bhiwani district on Sunday.
Established as part of the Indo-Israel Agricultural Project, this center is dedicated to semi-arid horticultural crops.
Known for “making the desert bloom”, Israel is a pioneer in developing sustainable technologies and solutions for all agricultural sectors.
For decades, Israel has successfully overcome harsh climatic conditions and knows how to maximize resources in an arid environment.
Ambassador Gilon said on the occasion: “This is an important milestone in agricultural cooperation between Israel and India. It is very special as this is the 30th Center of Excellence to be inaugurated as our countries approach the completion of 30 years of full diplomatic cooperation. relationships.
“With this inauguration, we now have 30 fully active Centers of Excellence in various states in India. More such centers are in the pipeline. These centers are increasing farmer yields and productivity while diversifying local crops and improving product quality .”
The establishment of the centers has been made possible thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Government of India, the state governments and MASHAV – the Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
These centers provide a suitable platform for rapid transfer of technology to Indian farmers. New agricultural technologies such as protected cultivation, drip irrigation and fertigation are demonstrated here.
The methods and technologies are adapted to the local conditions and wishes of the Indian farmers, with the aim of significantly increasing their income.
Each year, the centers produce more than 40 million top quality vegetable seedlings, more than 500,000 high quality fruit plants and train more than 120,000 Indian farmers.
MASHAV also brings many Israeli experts to India and trains the trainers of these centers throughout the year. Similarly, Indian agricultural officers in charge of these centers receive training in Israel.
Last year, for example, more than 60 Indian government officials visited Israel for training.
Cooperation between Israel and India on agriculture has deepened and broadened since full diplomatic relations were established in 1992.
During the early days of the establishment of the Centers of Excellence, the latest technologies in a range of agricultural areas were brought from Israel and implemented in these centers.
Over the years, agricultural cooperation between the two countries has expanded further. Now, Israeli technologies and know-how are transferred and manufactured in India, further driving the ‘Make in India’ initiative and benefiting the entire world.
The newly opened center is one such example, which will showcase Israel-based agricultural technologies produced in India, such as drip irrigation, mulching, greenhouses, etc.