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Israel offers help to HP in irrigation projects

Ambassador Danieli clarified that the deal would be strictly between the Israeli and the Himachal government.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 13:18 IST

Israel has offered to help the Himachal Pradesh government in the fields of irrigation, water management and post harvesting techniques.

Israeli Ambassador David Danieli conveyed the offer on Saturday after meeting with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and other state officials.

"A top level team of agricultural experts will visit Himachal as soon we get a proposal of the list of priorities, which need immediate boosting," said Danieli.

Danieli clarified that the deal be would strictly between the Israeli and the Himachal government and would not involve private players in the beginning.

He also informed that a delegation of four chief ministers and four agriculture ministers from eight Indian states would visit Israel soon in this regard.

"Since Israel is a drought prone area and we use every drop with great care, we could also help in this field," the ambassador said.

Talking about Indo-Israel relations, Danieli said, "India is our largest trade partner and in the last one year, trade volume has grown by 20 percent."

He further said that Israeli tourists visit Himachal in large numbers, particularly in summer. "Some 40,000 people are issued visas in the Isreali capital Tel Aviv to visit India."

The Israeli ambassador's visit follows a day after the Austrian ambassador visited the hill state and offered to invest in the power and hydel sectors.

First Published: Apr 29, 2006 13:18 IST