Indore: Aiming to take the state’s farming practices to the NEXT level, Israel’s Centre of Excellence would commence here in 2 years. Presently, search for a suitable land is on.

A delegation from Israel embassy in New Delhi, led by the Ambassador Dr. Ron Malka along with Deputy Chief of Mission Maya Kadosh and Dan Alluf, Counsellor MASHAV Agriculture, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperating, Embassy of Israel in India met Chief Minister Kamal Nath in Bhopal last week.

Talking to this correspondent Kadosh said our dialogue with CM was fruitful and we have urged to him to provide land to set up our 29th centre in India and the first one in Bhopal. The project will be executed with the Horticulture Department of Government of MP.

Dan Alluf, Counsellor MASHAV- Agriculture, said, ”soon we would be visiting Bhopal to visit the suggested site. Briefing the unique features of the Centre, Alluf said the centre is being set-up under the government-to-government agreement conducted between Israel and India. He said we will not be applying the copy paste of Israel’s farming model here, on the contrary, the course is designed as per the need of India soil, climate and potential.”

The centre will offer a different kind of training to the farmers, including pre and post harvesting of the crops. Emphasis would be given on selection of variety of crops, seeds and irrigation and balanced use of sun and manure. In the post-harvesting activities, packaging of the produce and ways of marketing will be suggested. We will be suggesting that how to cultivate and irrigate the crops.

Women farmers to be trained

There will be special facility for women farmers at the Centre of Excellence women farmers. Training of marketing of crop and produce would be given to the women farmers. This will also lead to empowerment of rural women.