Revolutionizing Indian Farming – with Israeli Technology – Rahul Vaishnavi (IANS-India)
(Daily Alert, Mar. 7, 2014)
Indian farmer Deepak Khatker, 40, visited the Indo-Israel Center of Excellence for Vegetables in Gharaunda a couple of years ago, adopted Israeli farming skills, and within months saw production increase a staggering five-fold.
Last year, over 16,000 farmers were trained at the center. Experts from Israel organize free training sessions, teaching farmers to increase their crop yields while using fertilizer and water optimally.
“The idea is to transfer applied research and technologies to the farmers in various states across India,” said Israeli Embassy spokesman Ohad Horsandi.
At present there are 10 such Centers of Excellence. By 2015, their number will increase to 28 as they branch out to flowers, bee-keeping and dairying.