In order to strengthen India-Israel strategic relations as well as development cooperation in the areas of agricultural and water management, Ambassador Eynat Shlein, Head-Israel’s Agency (MASHAV) for International Development Cooperation was on a week-long visit to India, that ended on Thursday.
“India is a great, strategic partner of Israel,” said Eynat Shlein during the conclusion event. “Cooperation in agriculture and water was the emphasis of my visit to India. These are the two most important cornerstones of our growing relationship. These two areas are so vital that two of Mashav’s six resident experts are stationed in India,” she said.
“As we continue to strengthen our strategic connection with India, we are eager to continue and grow our cooperation with all of our Indian partners.” We currently have 29 fully operational Indo-Israeli Centres of Excellence across India, which serve millions of Indian farmers on a daily basis. Thirteen more of these centres are in development. Gradually, in collaboration with local state governments, these centres will be developed into Villages of Excellence, which will benefit greater populations,” she added.
Ambassador Eynat Shlein travelled Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan during her stay in India. She spoke with senior government officials and local farmers. Further, she visited Indo-Israeli Centres of Excellence developed as part of the Indo-Israel Agricultural Project (IIAP).
Ambassador Shlein met with Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, in a bilateral meeting. Both sides talked about how they may improve their current cooperation and collaborate on future water management and agricultural initiatives.
The signing of a joint declaration in the areas of integrated water resources management and capacity building between Israel and Haryana’s Irrigation and Water Resources Department was one of the highlights of this visit. MASHAV will contribute expertise, capacity building, and Israeli technology for Haryana’s development in the water management sector as part of the joint declaration.
Ambassador Eynat Shlein also met with senior officials from the Rajasthan government’s Department of Agriculture and Horticulture during her visit.
Ambassador Shlein also met with officials from India’s Ministry of External Affairs’ Economic Relations department in New Delhi to discuss the two countries’ ongoing development partnership engagement. She also paid a visit to the National Mission for Clean Ganga, which is part of the Ministry of Jal Shakti, to explore various areas of cooperation in water management.
Ambassador Shlein discussed her vision with MASHAV alumni from India during a ‘Shalom Club Meet.’ These graduates received training in Israel in a variety of subjects, including water, agriculture, health, women’s empowerment, and more. The graduates discussed their experiences in Israel and exchanged ideas during the gathering.
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