Horticulture experts from 9 States across India are participating in the first Seminar on vegetable cultivation at the Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence for vegetables in Karnal, Haryana. The seminar, led by the Haryana Department of Horticulture and the Embassy of Israel, is hosting 30 experts from 9 States in which similar Indo-Israel Centres of Excellence (CoE’s) are in progress. These include Haryana, UP, Karnataka, Punjab, Rajasthan, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and West Bengal.
One of Israel’s leading specialists in vegetable cultivation, Ms. Shelly Gantz, as well as the Embassy Agriculture Attaché, Mr. Uri Rubinstein, are on the ground sharing and exchanging knowledge with their Indian counterparts, on implementation of Israeli technology and knowhow related to protected cultivation of tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicum and chilly, with an emphasis on out-of-season vegetable production.
At the opening ceremony, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Israel, Mr. Yahel Vilan, referred to the CoE in Karnal as “the jewel in the crown” of the agriculture cooperation between Israel and India. “The participants, who came to the seminar from 9 States, are taking part in the unprecedented effort to establish 30 Indo-Israel CoE’s across India in the next 3 years”, Mr. Vilan added.