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India and Israel sign a three-year work program for cooperation in Agriculture

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India and Israel have recently inked a three-year joint work programme for cooperation in agriculture.

Highlights:

  • The work program signing ceremony was also attended by Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Parshottam Rupala and Shri Kailash Choudhary along with Senior officers of Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India.
  • The programme will continue till 2023.

Aim:

  • The Joint work programme was initiated with the aim of enhancing cooperation in agriculture.
  • The work program will  grow existing Centres of Excellence, establish new centers, increase CoE’s value chain, bring the Centres of Excellence into the self-sufficient mode, and encourage private sector companies and collaboration.

Note: Previously too, India and Israel have completed 4 similar joint work programmes successfully.

About the New Programme:

  • MIDH, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India (GoI), and MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation – are leading Israel’s largest G2G cooperation, with 29 operational Centres of Excellence (COEs) across India in 12 States, implementing Advanced-Intensive agriculture farms with Israeli Agro-Technology tailored to local conditions.
  • India and Israel are implementing the “INDO-ISRAEL Agricultural Project Centres of Excellence” and “INDO-ISRAEL Villages of Excellence (IIVOE)”.
  • Under the new work programme, 13 Centres of Excellence (CoEs) were set up to make Indian farmers aware of Israeli farm and water technologies.
  • A model ecosystem in agriculture called Villages of Excellence (VoE) will also be created across eight states within 75 villages.
  • This new programme will promote the increase of net income and better the livelihood of the individual farmer, transforming traditional farms into modern-intensive farms based on IIAP standards.
  • Large-scale and complete value chain approach with economic sustainability, embedded with Israeli novel technologies and methodologies will be tailored to local conditions.
  • The IIVOE program will focus on the following:

(1) Modern Agriculture infrastructure,

(2) Capacity Building,

(3) Market linkage.

  • It will transform traditional farms into modern-intensive farms on the basis of IIAP standards.
  • It will also strengthen the bilateral relations and mutual cooperation between both the countries in agriculture to benefit farming community.
  • India Israel Agricultural relation “India and Israel started the bilateral relations in agriculture sector in 1993.
  • This new programme is 5th Indo-Israel Agriculture Action Plan (IIAP).

Significance of Indo-Israel Agriculture Action Plan:

  • The COEs established under these Israeli-based action plans are are playing a significant role in doubling farmers’ income.
  • The exchange of technology between both the countries has improved productivity and quality of horticulture which boost farmer’s income.

About Centres of Excellence (CoEs):

  • 29 CoEs are operational in 12 states of India.
  • They produce about 25 million vegetable seedlings, about 3,87,000 quality fruit plants.
  • CoE also provides training to about 1.2 lakh farmers about the latest technology that can be used in horticulture.

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