The new Indo-Israel Center established in the State of Punjab will serve as yet another focal point for Indo-Israeli agriculture R&D, showcasing advanced Israeli nursery and fruit cultivating technologies, adapted for Indian conditions by local experts.
(Embassy of Israel, Delhi)
The new Center of Excellence for Fruits (Citrus) was officially inaugurated in Khanaura, Hoshiarpur on November 20, 2014 by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Prakash Singh Badal together with Israel’s Ambassador to India, Mr. Daniel Carmon. It is the second Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence to be established in the State of Punjab in less than a year, following the Centre for Vegetables in Kartarpur, Jalandhar.
The event was attended by Agriculture Minister of Punjab, Mr. Jathedar S. Tota Singh; Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, Mr. Vijay Sampla; Minister of Jail, Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Printing & Stationery, Mr. S. Sohan Singh Thandal; Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Agriculture, Mr. S. Gurbachan Singh Babehali; and senior officials of the Punjab Government. Also present was Mr. Dan Alluf, Counselor for International Development Cooperation Science and Agriculture at the Embassy of Israel in charge of the professional aspects of the Indo-Israeli project.
Addressing the audience, during the inauguration, Ambassador Carmon praised Chief Minister Badal for his vision, leadership and commitment for the betterment of Punjab’s farmers and Punjab’s people. Under the three year work plan for Indo-Israel cooperation in agriculture, 28 Centers of Excellence in 10 states across India are in various stages of development.
MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation has been providing professional leadership in the shape of experts, know-how and technologies.