Yair Shamir, Israel Agriculture Minister, is going to participate in the seventh edition of the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit here. On this occasion, he is to sign a deal on extending the agriculture co-operation between the two nations.
Spokesperson of Israel Embassy Ohad Horsandi said that Shamir will come here to participate in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit along with a delegation of 11 representatives of various companies.
"In the first phase of agriculture cooperation which is ongoing between the two countries on a large scale, Israel has established research centres for cooperation in 10 Indian states, including Gujarat," the spokesperson said.
Israel, with its very low rainfall, has carved a niche in its agriculture sector productivity with judicious use of water. As per Horsandi, there are some 300 companies in the the country which can offer cutting-edge technology for the upliftment of Indian agriculture, which is stuck at the growth rate between 2 and 3 per cent year on year.
Their focus in this Summit, which is going to be the biggest ever, is on agriculture, water and home land security and counter terrorism, he said. Earlier, the state government had announced that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and US defence secretary John Kerry will also be participating in the Summit to be held between 11 and 13 January.