Israel to open centre for floriculture and citrus fruits in State


Agencies, Bhopal A proposal to set up two centres of excellence – one in floriculture and another in citrus fruits – in Madhya Pradesh with the cooperation of Israel is awaiting the Centre’s green-signal. “A centre of excellence in floriculture is proposed to be established in Sehore. Likewise, a centre of excellence in citrus fruits is proposed to come up in Shajapur,” Counsel General of Israel Yakov Finkelstein told media here today. He was here to pay a courtesy visit to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Besides, Mr Finkelstein met Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen and Chief Secretary BP Singh. “India and Israel are already operating 26 centres of excellence in the country. The objective of these non-commercial centres is to share technical knowledge and best farming practices. Land and other funding is provided by the state regime and the Centre. Israel imparts technical expertise,” said Mr Finkelstein. He invited Mr Chouhan and Mr Bisen to visit Israel and participate in the 20th International Agriculture Exhibition Agritech-2018 to be held in Tel Aviv from May 8-10. “ A lot of information on innovative steps taken by Israel to enhance agriculture production would be provided at the exhibition,” said Mr Finkelstein. “India and Israel are cooperating in fields of irrigation, cultural exchange and terrorism, including cyber-terrorism as well,” he said.