Israeli agriculture experts help farmers in India increase production of pomegranateBy Mason White 2:17 PM September 3, 2014
By: Anav Silverman
Israeli agriculture experts are currently in India, helping farmers implement technologies to increase pomegranate production, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
For nearly 23 years, relations between India and Israel, have progressed rapidly, both politically and commercially.
Experts have worked together in the fields of sciences, culture and particularly in the area of agriculture since the two countries entered full diplomatic relations in 1992.
In its mission to transition to sustainable agriculture and diversify its food sources, India has been utilizing Israeli technology.
Recently, an Israeli expert from the Ministry of Agriculture, Itzhak Kosto, held a two-day “Pomegranate Seminar” at the Center of Excellence for Fruits at Mangeana in Sirsa, which is located near Punjab.
The center is one of the 20 Indo-Israeli agriculture centers in the country that utilizes Israeli technology to solve agricultural issues.
Kosto spoke about supplying fertilizers to plants through drip irrigation as well as pest and disease management.
While India grows one-third of the world’s pomegranates and is the largest producer in the world, only 3 percent of its fruit is exported.
Israel on the other hand, produces 60,000 metric tons of pomegranates and exports nearly half it because of the high quality of its pomegranates.
“We’re here to train the trainers. We’re trying to adapt Israeli technology to Indian conditions and we are sure that we will get good results,” explained Kosto according to a report in the Business Standard.
In addition, Israel is also planning to set up another “A Center of Excellence” for technological solutions to agricultural issues in Goa, in the West Indian region of Konkan.
Israel’s consul general in Mumbai, Davik Akov, told Indo-Asian News Service recently that Israel is already assisting in creating such a center in Goa.
“We believe that Israeli technology can assist certain areas of interest to Goa, like agriculture and maybe once we look in-depth, we can start looking at other areas of cooperation between Israel and Goa,” Akov added.
By March 25, 2015, Israel will have set up 29 such technological centers assisting Indian farmers in improved production of fruits and vegetables, under a mutual cooperation agreement signed between the two countries.