Israel to cooperate with Rajasthan in water management

After having partnered with Rajasthan government in the agriculture sector, Israel is looking forward to help the state in the field of water management and tourism.

Jaipur: After having partnered with Rajasthan government in the agriculture sector, Israel is looking forward to help the state in the field of water management and tourism.

"Israel is having discussions with the Rajasthan government on expanding partnership in areas of water management, post harvesting and tourism," Israel embassy spokesperson, Ohad Horsandi told PTI here.

Israel that has similar climatic conditions as Rajasthan, will replicate its own success model of harnessing water resources, in the state.

"Nearly 80 per cent of the water used in agriculture is treated and re-cycled water. People in Israel use every drop of water twice. The use of water technologies can significantly improve water saving and this is very important for a state like Rajasthan which faces acute water shortage.

"Israel and Rajasthan face similar crisis. But Israel used the holistic water management approach utilising technology and Rajasthan can also do it," Horsandi said.

Israel has started three Centres of Excellence in Bassi (Jaipur), Kota and Jaisalmer which are at different stages of development, and may be utilised for water management.

"We are also enhancing our cooperation in tourism because India is a key destination for people of Israel," the spokesman said.

Horsandi said that Israel has also invited the state authorities to an exhibition of water technologies called 'Watec Israel-2015' which will be held in Israel in October this year where top companies will exhibit their technologies.

Advanced irrigation system, water solutions, desalination, leakage control, waste water treatment, water saving devices, water security, waste water projects and other technologies will be displayed in the event, he added.