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Israel Helping India Clean Polluted Wetlands
19/02/2014
Israel’s involvement in supporting modern agriculture in India is part of a surge in collaboration between the two countries

A team of Israel scientists arrived in Bhubaneswar, to test a pilot program to use plants to remove pollutants from contaminated soil and water, the Times of India reported . Eli Cohen, one of the Israeli team members, said, “The technology can be used by municipalities, multi-dwellings units, industries and wetlands for holistic waste-water management.”

The Israelis were invited by the Chilika Development Authority (CDA), which is managing the wetlands at Chilika, to conduct a study about the process, called phytoremediation.

CDA chief executive Ajit Pattnaik said,”We have selected wetlands near the Biju Patnaik Airport for the study. The Odisha Wetlands Development Authority and department of forest and environment along with CDA will help the team promote eco-friendly technology to reduce water pollution.”

“The phytoremediation method to reduce water contamination involves zero operating costs,” Patnaik added. “Within the next three months, the state government will run this technology on a pilot basis in urban areas. Based on the results, the plans for implementation will be drawn up.”

Israel’s involvement in supporting modern agriculture in India is part of a stark surge in collaboration between the two countries. In September 2013, Israeli Ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz said 29 “Centers of Excellence” would be opened across the country to provide Indian farmers with greater access to Israeli agricultural technology.

 

Source: THE ALGEMEINER

 

 

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