Thursday, August 28, 2014

#Israel to assist India in Pomegranate yield

Israeli expert from the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Itzhak Kosto, was in India, to organize a two-day ‘Pomegranate Seminar’ at the Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence for Fruits at Mangeana in Sirsa. Seminars are held by Israeli experts both in India and in Israel as part of the agriculture cooperation between the two countries. This cooperation includes setting up 28 Centers of Excellence in 9 states in India in coordination between the NHM, states governments and the government of Israel through MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Mr. Kosto updated scientists and farmers on fertigation, supplying fertilizers to plants by mixing it in drip irrigation, pest and disease management, nursery knowhow and post-harvest practices. Scientists from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and farmers from Sirsa and adjoining districts also participated in this seminar.

During his visit, Mr. Kosto, also visited the Pomegranate Center of Excellence (CoE) in Bassi, Rajasthan and came to Delhi for a media briefing.

Mr. Kosto said, India is the biggest producer of pomegranates and has a large market and has very good varieties of pomegranate. Israel, as a small producer, has a very high quality because it is designed for export. Mr. Kosto added: “..if we combine both the capabilities, it will be a huge success. We’re here to ‘train the trainers’. The main activity in these centres is R&D. We’re trying to adapt Israeli tech to the Indian conditions and we’re sure we’ll get good results. We want to avoid or to save farmers from doing mistakes while adapting of new technologies and we’re sure it will lead to good results.”