December 31, 1996

PRESIDENT WEIZMAN LAYS CORNERSTONE FOR ISRAELI MODEL FARM IN INDIA

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

President Ezer Weizman signed an Agreement for Cooperation between India and Israel on December 31, 1996, during his official visit to India. Under that agreement, the International Cooperation Department of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, MASHAV, will establish a model agricultural farm at a high technological level in India. Its purpose will be to transfer Israeli knowhow, especially to small and intermediate farmers to enable them to implement advanced technology in the field. This Israeli-Indian farm will serve as an Israeli show-window for carrying out methods of raising crops and modern technology. The farm will display administrative methods on a commercial level; thus, in addition to field trials, for illustration and training, the farm will need to prove its economic profitability.

MASHAV activity in India also consists of 10 courses annually conducted by Israeli experts who teach Indian trainees agricultural subjects and village development. About 260 trainees participate annually in courses in India; another 90 Indian trainees annually take part in various MASHAV courses in Israel, in a wide range of subjects.