Indo-Israel Agriculture: Technical assistance from abroad to help boost production

Bihar farmers would soon learn the secret of Israel’s success in agriculture.

The agriculture department is working on an ambitious plan, under which a centre of excellence for vegetables and a centre of excellence for fruits would be developed.

Both the institutions would help farmers learn the hi-tech farming techniques used by Israel farmers. According to sources, the two centres, which will be developed under Indo-Israel Agriculture Work Plan of National Horticulture Mission, will be functional in 2013.

“One of the strengths of Israel is growing fruits and vegetables that are not in season. Apart from learning the advanced farming methods, the farmers of Bihar would also be acquainted with production of fruits and vegetables in off-season,” Binay Kumar Shukla, the deputy director of Bihar Horticulture Board, said on Thursday.

He added that the centre of excellence for vegetables would be developed at Nalanda, while the centre of excellence for fruits would come up at Besri nursery in Muzaffarpur. Two district horticulture officers have completed a 15-day training in Israel in July.

On the hi-tech farming methods that will be taught to farmers at the two centres, Shukla said: “All kinds of farming techniques that are being used by Israel farmers will be taught to the tillers in Bihar at the two centres. Techniques like protective cultivation (farming under modern greenhouse, sprinkler irrigation, drip irrigation, mulching methods of farming among others) will be taught at the two centres.”

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