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Telangana to take agriculture lessons from Israel
In an attempt to be a self-sufficient state, Telangana officials will visit Israel to study the best agricultural practices in that country which in spite of less rainfall has achieved greater levels of productivity.

A high-level Telangana government delegation, led by Mr. Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Agriculture Minister plans to visit Israel to study agricultural practices there and replicate them in the new State.

The Minister discussed the subject with a visiting Israeli delegation comprising of Mr. Yahel Vilan, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel and others. The main objective of Mr. Vilan and Mr. Avi Friedman, Consul-General for Trade and Economic Affairs visit to Hyderabad was to interact with officials and explore the possibilities of mutual cooperation between Telangana and Israel.

“Of the total 119 Assembly constituencies in the State, as many as 72 lacked irrigation facilities and are solely dependent on rain. We want to take Israel as the model to develop agriculture in Telangana as it has excelled in higher agricultural yields using less water,” Mr. Srinivas Reddy told reporters after a meeting with the visiting delegation. Telangana has fertile lands, manpower and also water resources, but farmers remained backward since they lacked proper direction, he said.

Telangana is making rapid progressive attempts to be self-sufficient. The Government would want to see exports of horticulture and other allied sector products.

“Chief Minister Mr. K Chandrasekhar Rao has already made it clear that agriculture is top priority. We will go to Israel and study the best agricultural practices in that country which in spite of less rainfall has achieved greater levels of productivity,” Mr. Srinivas Reddy said.

“We want to replicate the Israeli expertise of water management and cultivating more with less water,” he explained.  The minister also wanted the officials to study the best practices adopted by Israel with regard to dairy farming.

Earlier, during the interaction, the Israeli officials made a power-point presentation on agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, and wastewater management. Israeli officials expressed a desire to have Telangana state as part of their future programmes in India.

Meanwhile, the Israeli delegation also met Mr. P Pulla Rao, Agriculture Minister for Andhra Pradesh at the Secretariat. The Indo-Israeli Chamber of Commerce has come forward to extend technical support to agriculture and dairy sectors in the State for better output.

The Minister also discussed prospective import of technology and embryos for quality cow production as Israeli cows yield 11,000 litres of milk per annum.

Mr. Pulla Rao said that discussions would be held further with Israel on agriculture and dairying, at a later stage.

Source: The New Indian Express & The Hans India.


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