Agricultural Affairs

Israel–India Cooperation in Agriculture

    Israel-India Cooperation in Agriculture
    Israel is a world leader in advanced agriculture technologies.
    Israel’s success lies in the determination and ingenuity of farmers and scientists, and in the close cooperation between R&D and industry. These characteristics have created a flourishing agriculture sector amidst a difficult environment with limited ground and water resources.
    Amongst the many fields in which Israel and India collaborate, agriculture has always been front and centre. This cooperation includes structured interactions between governments, experts and most important – farmers. This comprises of bilateral sharing of knowledge and technologies, establishment of Centres of Excellence in various agriculture sectors across India, exchange visits of experts and farmers and Post-doctoral scholarships for Indian agriculture researchers in Israel.
    This cooperation, based on proper adaptation, implementation and assimilation of Israeli agro-technologies and extension procedures, is taking a significant part in India’s 2nd Green Revolution.
    All of the above activities focus on implementation and assimilation of the latest agricultural practices and techniques used in Israel today, including:
    ·       Use of marginal, saline and recycled water for irrigation
    ·       Implementation of advanced micro irrigation and fertigation methods to maximize yield and save water
    ·       Development of proper nursery standards for production of disease-free seedlings of vegetables and orchards
    ·       Use of protected cultivation which allows growing out of season increases yield and decreases pesticide use.
    ·       Intensification and improvement of productivity of horticultural crops by controlling drainage, plant protection and canopy management, introduction of new varieties, hybrid seeds and new rootstock.
    ·       Post harvest technologies which allow longer shelf life and promise higher quality of fresh produce.
    In accordance with the Agriculture Cooperation Agreement signed between the two countries in 2008, and with the three year work plan finalized between the Ministries of Agriculture of India and Israel in 2011, Indo-Israel agriculture cooperation projects are in various stages of implementation in 10 states across India:
    ·        Haryana – Two Centres of Excellence are fully operational - one for vegetables in Gharaunda, Karnal and one for fruits in Mangiana, Sirsa. Following the success of these centres, the government of Haryana has already announced its intention to establish numerous similar centres across the state.
     ·        Maharashtra – Work is being done to establish three Centres of Excellence - a citrus Centre in Nagpur, a pomegranate Centre in Rahuri, a Kaisar mango Centre in Aurangabad and an Alphonso mango Centre in Dapoli.
     ·        Tamil Nadu – A Centre of Excellence for vegetables is planned in Dindigul and a Centre of Excellence for flowers is planned in Krishnagiri.

     ·        Rajasthan – A Centre of Excellence for pomegranate is being built in Bassi, as well as a Centre of Excellence for vegetables. Two more Centres are planned for citrus in Kota and for dates in Jaisalmer.
     ·        Punjab – Two Centres of Excellence will be inaugurated this year. A Centre of Excellence  for citrus in Hoshiyapur and a Centre of Excellence for vegetables in Jalandar.
     ·        Gujarat – Two Centres of Excellence are planned to be established: one for mango in Junagadh and one for vegetables in Vadrad.
     ·        Karnataka – Three initial plans for the establishment of Centres of Excellence are discussed: one for mango in Kolar, one for pomegranate in Bagalkot and one for vegetables in Belgaum.
    In addition, work is underway to establish an agriculture cooperation project in UP, West Bengal and Bihar.
    The above mentioned projects are conducted by the following organizations:
    On the Israeli side: The Embassy of Israel in New Delhi, MASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and CINADCO - The Centre for International Agricultural Development Cooperation within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
    On the Indian side: National Horticulture Mission, National Horticulture Board and Indian States Horticulture departments
    Excellence for Kesar Mango  Fruit Research Station, Himayatbagh , Aurangabad.
    Planting material of different Varieties of Mango:
    The Indo-Israeli Agriculture Project
    The Indo-Israeli Agriculture Project is based on the concept of establishing Centers of Excellence which provide a platform for a rapid transfer of technology to the farmers with the aim of increasing productivity and improving the quality of produce.
  • Articles in Indian Media



    Largest Ever Indo-Israel Agriculture Workshop 20.03.2015
    A comprehensive five-day workshop on Irrigation & Fertigation, hosted by the Embassy of Israel in cooperation with MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, concluded at the Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence in Karnal.


    Israel and India signed a Joint Declaration stating the commencement of the third phase of the Indo-Israel Agricultural Cooperation Project further strengthening and widening the bilateral agricultural development cooperation between the two countries.


    ​An Indo-Israel Seminar on “Protected Cultivation” was successfully held at Centre of Excellence for Vegetables (Indo-Israel Project), Kartarpur, Jalandhar on November 27– 28, 2014.
    India and Israel have agreed to extend their existing three-year action plan on agriculture cooperation beyond 2015.
    The Centre of Excellence for Fruits at Mangeana in Sirsa is one of the 20-odd Indo-Israeli agriculture projects in the country helping India achieve its goal.

    Biocontrol of pests may get a boost

     - The Hindu, 11 Nov,2013

    The eco-friendly and natural method of biological control of pests in vegetables, fruits and flowers is poised to set foot in Karnataka in a big way with an Israel-based pioneer of this technology expanding its operations to India.

    Israel proposes center of excellence for milk at Hisar -  Hindustan Times, 8 Oct, 2013

    After setting up centers of excellence (COE) for vegetables and fruits in Haryana, the Israel government has now proposed to set up a similar facility for milk at Hisar. Naftali Bennet, the Israeli minister of economy, said that their government was committed to share the technological advancements with India for the upliftment of farmers.
    Israel to showcase its agro excellence in 10 Indian states by 2015 - Times of India  Oct 8, 2013

    NEW DELHI: Israel will have its footprints in 10 Indian states through setting up various centre of excellence for floriculture, fruits and vegetables by 2015. 
    Emboldened by the success of two such existing centres - one for vegetables in Karnal and other for fruit orchards in Sirsa - in Haryana, both the countries have decided to have 26 more similar set-ups in different states under Indo-Israel agriculture cooperation agreement of 2008.


    Israel to unveil 6-8 centres of excellence -17.09.2013


    PTI: Israel will inaugurate 6-8 centres of excellence for vegetables and fruits in different parts of India in the next three months, the country's ambassador Alon Ushpiz has said.
    Israel participates in Int Seminar on Fertigation - UNI, Aug 13, 2013

    Jaipur, Aug 13 (UNI) - An international seminar-cum training for farmers on the technique of fertigation automation that provides cost effective manner of enhancing farm efficiency, began here today.

    As part of the cooperation in agriculture between Israel and India, 26 senior horticulture officers from 12 States across India, will leave for Israel next week for a training program on modern irrigation and fertigation Technologies. Officers from Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, will participate in the program, organized by MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, and CINADCO, the Centre for International Agriculture Development Cooperation in Israel's Ministry of Agriculture.


    Reaping Israeli Fruit on Indian Soil - Tehelka 14 July, 2012
    Olive trees, around 14,000 of them spread across 30 hectares, dot the desert land. This is the Bakliya farms, one of seven such farms in Rajasthan, result of an Indo-Israeli agricultural venture.
    Israel proposes date farming in state - Times of India July 19, 2012
    After experimenting with olives in Rajasthan with a private company, Israel government is in talks with the state government to grow dates in Jaisalmer.
    Centre of Excellence for Mango in Haryana - Business Standard July 5, 2012
    Haryana government has decided to set up a Centre of Excellence for mango in collaboration with Israel at Ladwa in district Kurukshetra at a cost of Rs. 5 crore.
    Dairy farming has a huge scope and bright future in the state, Badal said at the valedictory function of the two-day state-level seminar on 'Advanced Technology in Dairy Farming' organised by the Punjab Dairy Development Board here at state institute of Health and Family Welfare.
    Lessons from Israel’s innovation - The Tribune June 5, 2012
    Israel can help states like Haryana and Punjab in managing waste, packing, cold storage, dairy processing and recycling sewerage water for use in agriculture.
    The farmers from Gujarat are eyeing better quality of crop as well as more produce with lesser use of water and pesticides. It is for the first time that such huge participation of farmers from India including Gujarat has been seen. From Gujarat & Maha alone, over 1,200 farmers are participating.
    Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence for Vegetables Inaugurated In Haryana
    Jan. 17, 2011
    Taking the agricultural cooperation between India and Israel a step ahead, Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar, Chief Minister of Haryana Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Ambassador of Israel Mr. Mark Sofer inaugurated today the first Centre of Excellence of Vegetables at Gharaunda in district Karnal, Haryana.