India-Israel to further enhance cooperation in agri sector

A glimpse of Israeli Ambassador to India Naor Gilon’s meeting with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in New Delhi. (Photo/PIB)

New Delhi: The Union Government has decided to convert 150 villages around the Centers of Excellence into Villages of Excellence with technical assistance from Israel.

Out of which, 75 villages are being taken up in the first year to commemorate the 75th year of India’s independence where India and Israel will work together

This was announced by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar in his meeting with Israeli Ambassador to India Naor Gilon.

The Minister expressed satisfaction at the functioning of 29 Centers of Excellence in 12 States which are producing more than 25 million vegetable plants, over 387 thousand quality fruit plants and can train more than 1.2 lakh farmers per year.

Gilon expressed satisfaction over the functioning of the Centers of Excellence, stating that these CoEs are a great example of cooperation between the two countries.

The Ambassador appreciated the working of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes and showed interest in further collaboration with ICAR and making available the latest technologies available with Israel.

He proposed the certification of CoEs to further enhance the standards and quality of services being provided to the farmers.

Tomar appreciated the Ambassador’s proposals, agreed to work on them and thanked the Ambassador and the officers from the Embassy of Israel for their cooperation.

He also congratulated Gilon on taking over as the Ambassador of Israel to India. The Minister expressed happiness on the completion of 30 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel.

The Israeli Ambassador also invited Tomar to visit Israel. (Press Release)


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