Out of 29 centres of excellence in agriculture in India, Israel has proposed to set up two centres in Madhya Pradesh. Through this, orange production in Chhindwara and vegetable production in Morena will be promoted, the Consulate General of Israel, Kobbi Shoshani said on Thursday while meeting Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal.
Shoshani appreciated the development in the agriculture sector in the state. He assured full cooperation by Israel in the fields of irrigation, industry, trade and commerce including agriculture. At present, some establishments of Israeli companies are functioning in Malanpur and Mandideep in the state.
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Chief Minister Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is ready for better work in these areas with the cooperation of Israel. The suggestion received by Israel will also be considered and implemented. Chief Minister praised the initiative taken by Israel to join the orange and vegetable production projects in two districts of the state Chhindwara and Morena through centres of excellence in agriculture. In the irrigation sector, work is being done by India and Israel on water projects in Bundelkhand region in the state. In particular, the two countries look forward to cooperation in other potential areas of water management. The possibilities of industrial investment in the state will also be promoted with the help of Israeli companies.
Officers of Madhya Pradesh’s agriculture and horticulture departments will be benefitted through a fortnight’s specialisation course in Israel. Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Manish Rastogi and Principal Secretary Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion Sanjay Kumar Shukla were present during the meeting.