Israel plans 3 CoEs to enhance fruit productivity in Maha
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Last Updated: Monday, June 07, 2010, 17:27
  
Mumbai: Israel will set up three centres of excellence to enhance productivity of fruits in Maharashtra, a senior Israeli Government official said today.

The west Asian nation is also mulling setting-up a post-harvest college in the state following a request from the Maharashtra Government, Israeli Consul General, Orna Sagiv, told reporters here.

The centres of excellence for fruits will be set-up in Nagpur (citrus fruits), Dapoli (mangoes) and Rahuri (pomegranates), she said.

"The idea is to ensure farmers make a good living out of agriculture by implementing efficient solutions across the chain starting from seeds to be used to post-harvest techniques," she reasoned.

The Central Government has already allocated funds for these centres of excellence and each centre will require a capex of USD 1-million spread over a three-year window.

Israel's contribution will be around 25 per cent of the cost, but that will come through transfer of expertise and visits and not cash, the Consul General said.

Having a similar set of issues facing agriculture like water scarcity, Israel and India have for long established collaborations in the agriculture sector and especially in drip irrigation, which has immensely benefited Indian farmers.

An Israeli delegation comprising 13 companies in the agrotech and water management space kicked-off their road shows in western India today from Mumbai.

Yitzhak Kiriati, director of the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute, said, "this is an effort in having more public private partnerships (PPP) and it is time we see agriculture as a business, not as a means of merely feeding your population."

In the roadshows, invited Indian companies looking for help in technology, training, crop management and water saving will be interacting with participating Israeli companies.

PTI


First Published: Monday, June 07, 2010, 17:27


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