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A new centre of excellence in Vadrad village in Gujarat
This commences the third phase of achieving excellence between India Israel agricultural cooperation.


The achievements of the centre of excellence for protected cultivation and precision farming in Vadrad village of Sabarkantha district has played a pivotal role in extension of Indo-Israel Agriculture Plan (IIAP) to the third phase across the country.

The extension was announced in Delhi after the recent Vibrant Gujarat summit. A memorandum of understanding was signed between both the sides. Israeli minister of agriculture and rural development Mr. Yair Shamir had led a 30-member delegation along with his wife Ms. Ella Shamir to a visit to the Vadrad centre, developed under the IIAP, on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat summit.

"He was appreciative of the fact that this is the only centre in India where 23 different types of protected cultivation structures are located at one place with more than 18,000 square metre of area under protected cultivation," said an official.

The official further told TOI, "The minister was also interested in our centre using nets of different colours for protected cultivation. Normally our farmers make use of green nets while those in Israel use white nets. He asked his officials to try using different coloured nets back home as a spectrum of colours has an impact on the yield."

Mr. Shamir said that the centres of excellence are best places to demonstrate new agriculture technologies. He said that since research is different everywhere, Israelis also have a good opportunity to learn from such centres.

Sources disclosed that the centre at Vadrad is raising pest-disease free saplings at nominal rate of Re 1 per sapling from farmer's seed and handing over the saplings to the farmers to be transplanted in the fields.
The centre at Vadrad has been developed under IIAP at a cost of Rs 11.47 crore. It is focusing on protected cultivation of vegetables.


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