Rajasthan Adopts Israeli Technology to Boost Agricultural Sector

In order to strengthen the agricultural sector and double its farmer's income, Rajasthan is all set to adopt Israeli technique. The technology would apparently help farmers to increase crop yield, strengthen dairy sector, learn grafting techniques and increase shelf life of fruits and vegetables. "We already have a strong cooperation going on with Israel in the agriculture sector. Their help, extended through the establishment of two Centre of Excellence and a third one under development, is highly appreciated by us," said Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini, who is leading a delegation from the state on a five-day tour of Israel to strengthen cooperation in the agriculture sector. "These Centres have helped boost production of citrus, pomegranate and date palm. We are now looking to further strengthen this partnership through technology transfer. We have similar agro-climate conditions in Israel and Rajasthan. Like Israel we also face scarcity of water, have arid climate and a short winter. The farmers accompanying me are impressed with the facilities and technologies displayed to us on this trip. We seek greater cooperation to take this partnership to the next level," he said. "Our government led by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje aims to double the farmer income by 2020 and first step towards this is to expose farmers to agri-business industry. The delegation here has been brought with the purpose of providing farmers exposure to best international practices so that they can gain knowledge to boost their production and income," Saini added. ""here is so much to learn from Israel in the field of dairy sector, water recycling, horticulture etc. But the farmers are particularly interested in learning grafting technique and identifying technologies to increase shelf life," he confirmed. Israel has also been invited by the Rajasthan minister to be a partner country in Global Rajasthan Agri-tech Meet (GRAM) from 9-11 November in Jaipur.

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