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Israel proposes Centers of Excellence for agriculture /horticulture in the State of West Bengal
17/06/2013

Israel plans to set up a ‘Center for Excellence’ in agriculture and horticulture in West Bengal. This was announced by Ambassador of Israel in India Mr. Alon Ushpiz at an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on June 14, 2013.

The Israeli envoy said it was proposed to be located in Hooghly District of the State of West Bengal. The center will focus on potato cultivation. Currently, Israel is involved in “action plans” in 11 States in India. The two nations signed an agreement on cooperation in agriculture in 2006.

National plan for Centers of Excellence in India

The Centres for Excellence are to be established under these action plans. They include one at Haryana State’s Karnal District - for vegetables - and three in Maharashtra State - Ratnagiri, Akola and Rahuri Districts - for mangoes, citrus and pomegranate, respectively.

Under the action plans, Israeli technologies in horticulture mechanisation, protected cultivation, nursery management, micro-irrigation, and post-harvest management will also be used.

In the eastern region, Israel has been looking to increase cooperation with Bihar in the fields of agriculture, solar energy, water harnessing, and health insurance.

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