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Israel centre on horticulture in Bengal

The farm, located at Chinsurah in Hooghly, has been developed with active assistance from the country

Our Special Correspondent Calcutta Published 23.08.22, 12:56 AM
Israel’s ambassador to India Naor Gilon with Harsh Neotia, honorary consul of Israel in Calcutta, on Monday.

Israel’s ambassador to India Naor Gilon with Harsh Neotia, honorary consul of Israel in Calcutta, on Monday. Telegraph picture

Israel hopes to start operations at the much delayed centre of excellence on horticulture in Bengal within this year.

The farm, located at Chinsurah in Hooghly, has been developed with active assistance from Israel.

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The centre will help small and marginal farmers access the latest and affordable agriculture practices and technology.

There are 29 such centres in India and the one in Bengal is in the making since 2014. Israeli ambassador to India Naor Gilon visited the centre during his maiden visit to the state on Monday.

“It is almost ready and should be operational in the next few months,” Gilon said on the sidelines of a business interaction organised by Ficci. Israel has been involved in planning, supervision and capacity building of the people on the farm.

The country will also explore collaboration in the areas of information technology, start-up and medical infrastructure.

“I would like to take a business delegation from here to Israel where they can meet our private sector companies and explore co-operation,” the ambassador said.

The roundtable was attended by Harshavardhan Neotia, who is honorary consul of Israel in Calcutta for 27 years, Rajesh Kumar Sinha, principal secretary, science, technology and biotech, and Vandana Yadav, chairperson and MD of WBIDC and secretary of industry.

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