CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday held discussions with Israel Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Shalom Simhon at Tel Aviv with a view to seeking increased Israeli cooperation for raising farm productivity in the State.
Minister for Agriculture Choudhary Chandrabhan Singh, vice chairman State Planning Board Sompal Shashtri and officers accompanying the CM were present on the occasion, according to information available here. The CM is understood to have pointed out to Simhon that Madhya Pradesh has India’s largest cultivable area having 11 agro climatic zones and a rich resource endowment, making it highly suitable for intensive agriculture.
He told the Israeli minister that two third of the State’s six million population depended on agriculture, which also contributes 26 percent of SDP.
The Israeli minister was told that over 70 per cent population of the State is employed in agriculture sector. The State is the second largest producer of cereals in the country and the largest producer of oilseeds, pulses, garlic and coriander and a large variety of tropical fruits and vegetables. The CM is understood to have informed that chemical fertilisers were still not used in a large area of Madhya Pradesh making the conditions favourable for bio farming.
The CM reportedly praised Israel for developing world famous technologies to enhance the value of agriculture, especially in the areas of micro irrigation, mass production of planting material and value addition of agriculture produce.
He is understood to have said that he looked forward to collaboration in research and development of various varieties of seed, in approaches to dry land farming, in micro irrigation systems and agro processing and training.
The Israeli Minister Simhon reportedly said there were immense prospects for Israeli cooperation in agriculture and rural development sectors in Madhya Pradesh. An Israeli delegation would soon visit Madhya Pradesh to work out the modalities and framework of mutual cooperation in this regard.
He reportedly said water deficient areas and farmers with small holdings could derive maximum benefit by selecting the correct crop and improved techniques of farming. Israel had conducted a lot of research in this direction, which could be taken advantage of by the farmers of Madhya Pradesh.
State gets award for bio-diesel promotion
MADHYA PRADESH Government on Wednesday received an award for the best performance in petroleum conservation and better use of bio-diesel promotion in the category of bigger state. The award was presented to the State Government by Anil Razdan, Special Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, on the concluding day of a week long function organised by the Ministry here. A N Asthana, Principal Secretary, Food and Consumer Affairs received the award on behalf of the State Government.