Israel’s Ambassador to India, Naor Gilon said that the Centre of Excellence in horticulture set up under the Indo-Israeli Agriculture Project in Loharu’s Gignow village will also strengthen the democratic ties between the political relations of the two countries. Ambassador Naor Gilon was addressing on Sunday at the inauguration of the Centre of Excellence for semi-arid horticulture built in about 50 acres of land at a cost of Rs 12.5 crore in Gignow village.
He said that the farmers of Haryana are very hardworking; as a result of which priority is being given to establish the Centers of Excellence in India, especially in Haryana. “The main objective of setting up such centers is to develop new resources in the agriculture sector for the farmers. Now Israel’s technology and knowledge is being transferred and manufactured in India, giving further boost to the Make in India initiative,” he said, adding that through this centre, Israel-based agricultural techniques produced in India such as drip irrigation, mulching, green houses, etc will be demonstrated.
Ambassador Naor Gilon further said that more than four crore plants of quality vegetables and five lakh plants of quality fruits are being prepared in the Centers of Excellence in horticulture built on Indo-Israel technology in India. Every year more than 1.20 lakh farmers are also getting training at these centers.
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister, Sh. JP Dalal said that Israel, despite being a small country, is a leader in many fields including agriculture and security. “Today other countries are also adopting the technology of this country. Israel has made its country a paradise by making the barren land fertile. Israel has given the whole world the technique of drip farming,” he added. He said that the budget for horticulture in Haryana has been increased 100 times from Rs 8 crore to Rs 800 crore. A target has been set to establish 500 FPOs in the state.
Sh. JP Dalal said that by the year 2030, a target has been set for horticulture on 17 lakh acres of land. “The world’s largest vegetable market is being set up in Ganaur, which will be spread over 500 acres at the cost of Rs 2.5 thousand crores and will provide employment to thousands of people,” he asserted. He said that to reduce the risk in horticulture, Mukhyamantri Bagwani Bima Yojana has been implemented, under which 46 crops have been covered. Apart from this, 21 horticulture crops have been included under Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana.
The Agriculture Minister further said that a maximum number of schemes for farmers in the country have been implemented in Haryana. He said that the Centre of Excellence at Loharu’s Gignow village would prove to be a milestone for the future of the farmers as well as the youth. Best quality varieties of guava, almond, date, pomegranate, pear, citrus, plum, dragon fruit, strawberry, avocado etc will be prepared in this centre. From this center, high quality vegetable seedlings will be available to the farmers at affordable rates. In this hi-tech green house, 30 to 40 lakh plants of vegetables will be prepared.
He said that apart from this, mother blocks are being prepared for fruit plants. Besides, date palm, pomegranate, guava, almond, pear, citrus, jujube, pomegranate, dragon fruit and red blood malta plants are being planted in 20 acres. On the occasion, Madhya Pradesh’s Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister, Sh. Kamal Patel said that on the call of Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modi, the central government is laying emphasis on poison-free farming. Israeli Embassy’s agricultural expert Yair Eshel and Director General, Horticulture Dr. Arjun Singh Saini also addressed during the programme.
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