New Delhi- 2nd May, 2011.- The Round Table meet on India- Israel Agriculture was organized to discuss the issues relating to agriculture of both the countries Dr. M J Khan emphasizing about the possibilities and areas of cooperation between the present situations of Agriculture at both the ends and strengthening the bilateral cooperation for moving ahead for a long way.
Dr. S S Chahal VC, - MP Agriculture University Udaipur, his presentation highlighted potential avenues of cooperation between Israel and states of Rajasthan showing similarities which the two part shares. The main areas where cooperation can be developed are Poultry Farming, recycling of sewage water, biocontrol etc.
H.E Mr. Mark Sofar, Ambassador of Israel in India showed his gratefulness for organizing the event and introduced the Israel delegates.
The chief guest H.E. Ms. Orit Noked, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock emphasized the need for such cooperation between the two ends to gain impressions in achievements in India and how we can expand the agriculture of Israel with India. She said that there should be free trade between the two countries, multilateral cooperation, agreements. She also told that one MOU was signed and it is in practice and operation since 2008. She focused on expansion in the field of horticulture, irrigation, vegetables, increasing shelf life of all kind of produce etc.
Dr. C D Mayee, Chairman, A.S.R.B. invited the delegation from India side to highlight important points where the two countries can bind together.
Dr. Krishan Bir Chaudhary, President Bharatiya Krishak Samaj said that micro irrigation, dairy sector & post harvest technology has much potential where there is need for such cooperation. He also said that there should be regular exchange of farmers between the two countries which will make them more acquainted with the advanced tools & technology.
Dr. B S Bisht, V.C., GB Pant Agriculture University laid emphasis on high density fish culture and farmers training at both the ends.
Sh. Satyapal Malik, Ex. Minister & I/C Kisan Cell Bharatiya Janta party said that there is a need of cooperation in agriculture in both the countries Israel can support us in water management and seed sector specially in pulses & oilseeds. In dairy sector we are the largest producer, but for improvement the quality & quantity of milk, we can import embryos & incorporate it in Indian cattles.
Mr. JNL Shrivastava, former secretary Agriculture focused on the kind of technology more suited for small holding & marginal farmers, He also said that water recycling and mini dairy concept will also be beneficial.
Mr. P Panneerselvam, DGM, Inspection, Canara bank, Zonal inspectorate, New Delhi said that Indian agriculture is going on large amount of transition. Corporate Farming is taking place, however small and marginal farmers have to continue. Mr Ashok Khosla, Agribusiness consultant said that there should be no boundary wall at two sides as far as agriculture is concerned.
Dr. Avri Bar Zur, counselor Agriculture Israel Embassy said that we have to adjust and adopt technology to work with Indian farmers. The bottom-line should be implementation of technology.
Mr Eli Belotsercovsky, Deputy Chief of mission, Embassy of Israel came to an end of the discussion by concluding that water resource management, Post harvest technology and storage facilities should be focussed in future. Agriculture has become one of the pillars for our relation with India and it is for about past 20 years. Agriculture in India is the biggest problem and we extend hands for such cooperation which can prove beneficial in growth & prosperity of Indian Agriculture.