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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Israel to help boost farm output in 7 Indian states

Jaipur: Israel will launch a plan in seven Indian states to boost agriculture productivity and help local farmers with technical know-how.

"The new action plan will be launched in April in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu," Yahel Vilan, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Israel in New Delhi told reporters here on Friday.

"Main objective of the new plan is to run activities in cooperation with state governments and local experts which can enhance productivity and benefit local farmers with know-how and technologies of Israel. We hope to have more than 30 projects under the plan," he said.

The Embassy's Agriculture Counsellor Uri Rubinsein said they work with National Horticulture Mission (NHM) for sharing of technologies.

He added that the Israeli techniques for a sustainable agriculture will be imparted to local farmers with the help of Indian experts to enable them to produce a quality crop in reasonable cost and help them yielding high results.

"Farmers will be able to see a demonstration of even simple technologies like drip irrigation or any other mechanism and technique which can lead to great achievement," he said.

A few projects with the cooperation of Israel are already running in parts of Rajasthan, Haryana etc. The activities will be related with different fields including cultivation and water management-treatment, he added.