The Embassy of Israel in New Delhi in cooperation with MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, is organising a two-day workshop on November 3-4, 2015 at the Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence in Gharaunda, Karnal in Haryana.
The Embassy will host the second Indo-Israel Agriculture Workshop for heads of all the Centres of Excellence, under the Indo-Israel Agriculture Project (IIAP) and it will be attended by heads of all 26 Centres of Excellence and irrigation experts from the 9 states that are part the IIAP.
Spokesperson of the Embassy said, “The workshop will be led by two Israeli Agricultural experts Yoram Eisenstadt and Asher Eizenkot, who will be sharing their knowledge, technologies and expertise in the field of agriculture and horticulture. The workshop will comprise of lectures, field visits and hands-on training.”
“Irrigation experts and representatives from new states that have expressed their interest to be part of the Third Phase of the Indo-Israel Agriculture Project will attend as well. These states include, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Goa,” the spokesperson said.
Israel has been contributing its best practices and knowledge, and providing capacity building through such professional training programs being conducted both in Israel and in India. India and Israel have signed an Agreement for Agriculture Cooperation in 2006. This evolved into the Indo-Israel Agriculture Project (IIAP), implemented by Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)) and MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.
Within this framework, Israel shares its best practices and knowledge with India in order to increase the productivity of Indian farmers. One of the main pillars of the IIAP is Irrigation management aiming at improving water use efficiency in agriculture. To achieve this goal of the cooperation agreement, it was decided to establish ‘Agricultural Centers of Excellence’ (CoE), funded by both the Federal Government NHM and by individual state governments, that are also responsible to allocate land and professional manpower. So far, 26 Centres of Excellence in 10 states across India are in various stages of development.
According a statement issued by the Embassy, as part of the growing relations, MASHAV recently launched the The Indo-Israel Project: a Growing Partnership – a video highlighting the success of the growing partnership between India and Israel in the field of Agriculture.