Israeli agri minister meets Harsimrat Badal

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2015 21:49 IST

Israeli agriculture minister Yair Shamir and deputy Prime Minister of Poland Janusz Piechocinski met Union food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and expressed their interest in expanding the ambit of bilateral cooperation in food processing.

At a special meeting with Harsimrat on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015 in Gandhinagar, Shamir stressed on Israel’s strengths in the field of agri-technology, protected cultivation, orchard management, micro irrigation and post-harvest management.

He also informed about the Israeli drip irrigation systems, which are now widely used in India. The Israeli minister mentioned the establishment of 28 centres of excellence and cooperation in agriculture in 10 states, including two in Punjab.

Shamir told Harsimrat that Isarel was contemplating to expand its wings in dairy farming by setting up excellence centres in India.

Harsimrat emphasised the need to set up a joint working group with Israel on agriculture and food processing as well as to learn about the crop diversification techniques which could be used effectively in India. While visiting the stalls set up by Israel to showcase their advanced technology for drip irrigation, water conservation and post-harvest management, Harsimrat stated that with Israeli cooperation, India could register unprecedented growth in agriculture, especially in food processing.

Meanwhile, Piechocinski expressed the desire to support the Indian food processing industry. He added that currently the balance of trade was in favour of India and that Poland had done tremendous progress in the field of agriculture and food processing.

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