Israel, India deepen partnership in agriculture & water management

Israel, India deepen partnership in agriculture & water
Head of MASHAV, Israel concluded a 7-day visit to India. The visit aimed to further strengthen the Israel-India strategic partnership and development cooperation in the fields of agriculture and water

Ambassador Eynat Shlein, Head of MASHAV- Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, concluded an official visit to India from June 10 to June 16, 2022. The visit aimed to further strengthen Israel-India strategic partnership and development cooperation in the fields of agriculture and water management.

Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Eynat Shlein said, “India is a strong, strategic partner of Israel. The two most significant pillars of our growing relations are cooperation in agriculture and water, which was the focus during my visit to India. These two fields are so important that out of the six resident experts that Mashav posted around the world, two are based in India.”

“We are keen to continue and expand our cooperation with all our partners in India as we continue enhancing the strategic partnership between our two nations. Currently, we have 29 fully-active Indo-Israeli Centres of Excellence in different parts of India, which are benefiting millions of Indian farmers on a daily basis. Thirteen more such centres are in the pipeline. Gradually these centres will be expanded into Villages of Excellence in partnership with local state governments, which will further prove beneficial for larger populations,” she further said.

During the visit, Ambassador Eynat Shlein toured Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. She met with senior government officials, and local farmers and also visited Indo-Israeli Centres of Excellence that have been established under the framework of the India-Israel Agricultural Project (IIAP).

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Ambassador Shlein held a bilateral meeting with the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath. Both sides had an extensive discussion about enhancing the existing cooperation and future joint projects in water management and agriculture.

One of the main highlights of this visit was the signing of a joint declaration between Israel and the Irrigation and Water Resources Department, Government of Haryana, India in the field of integrated water resources management and capacity building. As part of this joint declaration, MASHAV will share knowledge, capacity building and Israeli technologies for the development of Haryana in the water management sector.

During the visit, Ambassador Eynat Shlein also met with senior leaders from the Department of Agriculture & Horticulture, Government of Rajasthan.

In Delhi, Ambassador Shlein held discussions with Economic Relations officials at the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India about continuing dialogues between both nations on development cooperation. She also visited the office of National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti to discuss various areas of cooperation in the water sector.

A ‘Shalom Club Meet’ was organised, where Ambassador Shlein shared her vision with MASHAV alumni from India. These alumni have received training in Israel in various courses such as water, agriculture, health, women empowerment and more.  During the meeting, the alumni exchanged ideas and shared their experiences in Israel.

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