Israel and India signed a declaration this week toward advancing the third phase of the Indo-Israel Agricultural Cooperation Project.
On the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in western India on Sunday, the countries declared their intentions to expand the project, which remains the largest venture of Mashav: Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation in the Foreign Ministry.
The signing took place in the presence of Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir and Indian Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, at the biennial conference held in Gandhinagar.
Operating since 2008, the Indo-Israel Agricultural Cooperation Project focuses on building agricultural centers of excellence around the subcontinent, in cooperation with the Indian Agriculture Ministry’s National Horticulture Mission, the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, the Indian state and federal governments and the Israeli Agriculture Ministry’s CINADCO: The Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation.
During their meeting, Shamir and Kundariya acknowledged the importance of completing the establishment of all 29 joint agricultural centers of excellence, as defined in the current – the second – stage of the project, which is set to conclude in March, according to a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy. The role of the centers is to introduce and adapt Israeli farming technologies to varying local conditions, in order to increase the productivity of the local farmers.
Of the 29 centers, planned within 10 Indian states, 15 are fully operational, the embassy spokesman told The Jerusalem Post. Continue reading…