On January 27, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar and Israeli Ambassador to India Naor Gilon agreed to strengthen cooperation to improve the agricultural sector. Indian. The Minister congratulated Gilon on assuming his post as Israel’s Ambassador to India and expressed his joy at the conclusion of 30 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel.
The minister expressed satisfaction with the operation of 29 centers of excellence in 12 states which produce over 25 million vegetable seedlings, over 387,000 quality fruit seedlings and can train over 1.2 lakh farmers per year.
The Minister informed that it was decided to convert 150 villages around the Centers of Excellence into Villages of Excellence with technical assistance from Israel, of which 75 villages are occupied in the first year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the independence of India where India and Israel will work together.
He also highlighted the various programs that have been launched by the Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the welfare of farmers including PM-Kisan, Agri-Infrastructure Fund, training of 10,000 FPO, programs promoting organic farming, natural farming and soil health maps, etc.
The Ambassador expressed his satisfaction with the functioning of the Centers of Excellence, stating that these Centers of Excellence are an excellent example of cooperation between the two countries. He appreciated the work of the ICAR institutes and showed interest in continuing the collaboration with ICAR and making available the latest technologies available with Israel. He proposed the certification of centers of excellence to further improve the standards and quality of services provided to farmers. He also invited Union Minister Tomar to visit Israel.
The Minister appreciated the Ambassador’s proposals, agreed to work on them and thanked the Ambassador and the officers of the Israeli Embassy for their cooperation.
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