Israel to set up center of excellence in Gujarat to transfer and share farming technology
After maintaining double digit annual growth rate in farming sector for more than a decade against the national average of 2-3%, Western Indian state Gujarat is now focusing on replicating the success achieved by Israel in the farm segment and thereby inspiring the farmers in the whole nation to make India the food bowl for Europe.
He said that plans are also afoot to set up a farming educational institute in collaboration with Israel offering post-graduation and PhD programs with practical training and degree from Israeli universities.
“Apart from the impressive growth Gujarat has witnessed in farming, the stature and nature of the initiative itself indicates Gujarat’s will and commitment for the development of the agricultural field upto its potential,” said Narendra Modi
in a statement issued by CII.
The two-day event is organized by Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb) and Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation Ltd. (GAIC), wherein Israel is the partner country, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is the National Partner & PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is the knowledge partner.
Speaking on the occasion, Israel's Consul General to India
said that Israel will set up three centers of excellence in Gujarat. “To share our experience and facilitate transfer of technology, we are going to set three centers of excellence in the state of Gujarat each dedicated to vegetables, mangoes and post-harvest practices for dates & bananas respectively,” said Orna Sagi, Counsel General to India, Israel.
Narendra Modi asserted that area under micro irrigation in the state has increased from below 1,000 hectare ten years ago to 7 lakh hectare today. “Use of micro irrigation systems in sugarcane cultivation has helped in increasing the sugar content in the produce. Similarly, some farmers in the state have successfully harvested soyabean even in small pocket of lands and as a result, Gujarat has emerged as the exporter of the commodity," said Narendra Modi.
Over 100 national and international companies showcased the latest technology
in farming, automation in agriculture, crop safety, micro irrigation in the exhibition. Apart from that, over 24 universities, research institutes (ICAR) and leading agro companies from across India have also displayed over 100 best practices developed by them in the ‘Display of Best Practices’.