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Israel to help Bengal govt set up agro-tech farms

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, June 14, 2013
First Published: 10:55 IST(14/6/2013) | Last Updated: 10:59 IST(14/6/2013)

The Mamata Banerjee government has tied up with the Israel government for setting up a clutch of specialised agro-technology farms in the state.

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The farms, commissioned under a pilot project, would be set up at Adisaptagram in Hooghly. The decision was reached after a meeting between state agriculture minister Malay Ghatak and Israeli ambassador to India, Alon Ushpiz at Writers’ on Thursday.

“The detailed project report for setting up the specialised agro-technology farms at Adisaptagram will soon be sent to Israel for approval. The farms would come up over 2 acres and the state government has promised to provide the required land for the project,” Ushpiz said.

He said Haryana is already home to such farms and have come to be tagged as centres of excellence. “Over the last couple of months, we have been in talks with the Bengal government for setting up similar centres of excellence in the state. We hope to have them up and running by next year,” Ushpiz said.He also said the centres, once complete, would help bring Israel’s research and innovation technologies to the state’s agricultural sector. “We want to set up the same system as we have back home in accordance with land adaptability,” Ushpiz said.

He said the technology would help generate a bumper harvest of fruits, food grains and vegetables.

The Israeli ambassador further held out hope of export of agro products in Bengal to Israel. “The products that could be exported include rice, mangoes, litchis and pineapples,” Ushpiz said.


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