Haryana to train agri officers in Israel: Hooda

Haryana will train its agricultural development officers in Israel besides building water reservoirs on Israeli pattern for rainwater harvesting, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said.

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 18:15 PM IST

Jerusalem: Haryana will train its
agricultural development officers in Israel besides building
water reservoirs on Israeli pattern for rainwater harvesting,
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is leading a
high-level delegation from the state to the country, said.

The working group formed by Hooda earlier this week
will study the system of water conservation and use of
brackish water for agriculture as is being done in Israel.

Haryana and Israel on Monday agreed to constitute
working groups to further promote agricultural cooperation, a
few months after the Indian state opened centres of Excellence
replicating Israeli model to enhance production of vegetables
and fruits.

The decision to form the working group was taken
during Hooda`s meeting with Israel`s Minister for Agriculture,
Orit Noked, on Monday.

The Chief Minister has designated Financial
Commissioner and Principal Secretary Agriculture, Roshan Lal,
as the head of Haryana`s Working Group with Vice Chancellor of
CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, and Director
General Horticulture as its members.

He said that the state government would train its
Agricultural Development Officers, Horticulture Development
Officers, Agricultural graduates and progressive farmers at
the Arava International Centre for Agricultural Training AICAT
after visiting the centre.

Hooda also went to see Sheizaf Water Reservoir,
impressed by which he announced to build similar reservoirs in
the state to boost agriculture, and an Organic Farm in the
southern region.

Currently, 45 students from various states of India
are undergoing training at the AICAT.

The study programme at the centre set up in 1994 as a
joint venture by Israeli Foreign Ministry, Ministry of
Agriculture and Central Arava Regional Council, lasts about 11
months.

The Sheizaf Water Reservoir on Arava Water System is
spread over an area of four acres and has double layered
plastic sheet to conserve water and avoid evaporation and
algae.

The farmers in Israel are supplied water on quota
basis through this reservoir.

Water in the tank is collected from various sources or
borewells and mixed together and stored.

Hooda, who also visited an Organic Farm producing
tomatoes and capsicum over an area of 10 hectares for exports,
directed the Director General of the state`s Horticulture
department to work on similar lines to develop a farm in
collaboration with CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar.

PTI