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Israel to participate in Vibrant Gujarat 2015

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New Delhi, January 6, 2015: Israel's Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir will lead the Israeli delegation to the seventh edition of the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit. Minister Shamir will be accompanied by a delegation consisting of Mr. Gil Haskel, Head of Mashav, Israel’s Agency of International Development Cooperation, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and representatives from various Israeli companies.

Israel’s participation in Vibrant Gujarat will include a National Pavilion and Israel Country Seminar dedicated to Water Recycling, Irrigation Panel, Post-Harvest Management and Dairy that will take place on Monday, the 12th of January.

Minister Shamir will be the Key Note speaker in the Theme Seminar "Innovation and Technology in Food Processing for Sustaining Food Security".

During Vibrant Gujarat 2015, Israel and India will sign on extending the Indo-Israel Agricultural Cooperation program. In the current 3 year work plan, Israel and India are in the process of establishing 29 Centers of Excellence for agriculture in 10 Indian states including Gujarat. This extension of the agreement is a testament of the growing and vibrant relations between the two countries and will be undertaken by MASHAV on behalf of Israel and the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) on behalf of India.

Minister Shamir will visit one of the Indo-Israel Centers of Excellence for vegetables in Vadrad, Sabarkantha in Gujarat.

Israel's Country Pavilion at the summit entitled "I4 - Israel Innovation in India" will focus on agriculture, water and homeland security. Israel will showcase “success stories” on the governmental and business cooperation between both countries in various fields, in India in general and specifically in Gujarat.

Ambassador Carmon remarked that "Vibrant Gujarat 2015 is a fantastic venue to showcase Vibrant Israel's success stories in India, first and foremost in Gujarat. Our aim is to repeat this success in many other states across India."



Further details on Israel's Participation in Vibrant Gujarat:

In Agriculture, the Pavilion will exhibit the Indo-Israel Agriculture Project and the Centers of Excellence that had been set up or are in the process of setting in, aimed at increasing productivity of the Indian farmer. Advanced technologies already implemented in India such as drip irrigation, polyhouses, sophisticated water management and control systems. In Dairy, Israel will showcase advanced methods to increase milk productivity of cows. In water, various Israeli water technologies being used in India will be presented. In HLS, Israel will present some of the most cutting edge technologies aimed at making our cities safer.

Some of the Israeli companies participating in this summit are Naandan Jain, ARI Optimal Flow Solutions, Palgey Maim, ABZagri, Eshet Eilon, Bermad, Match Genetics, Netafim, Afimilk, Amiad Water Systems, IDE Technologies, Ayala, Arad Group, Dorot Matholding Group, Aqwise, EnerT, Ormat, Elbit Systems, Opgal, Adama, Rivulis Irrigation, Ginegar, BioBee, Top Greenhouses, Stepac, NRGene, SCR, Galcon, Watergen, Aeronautics.

Gujarat and Israel share much in common, from having arid land and the challenge of water scarcity, to being vibrant and a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. The ongoing mutual endeavors between Israel and Gujarat include projects in agriculture, industrial research and development, solar and thermal power, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, water recycling and water desalination plants. Netafim - World's largest drip irrigation company is headquartered (in India) in Vadodara and many farmers in the state are benefiting from the use of Israeli techniques.

Israel has for long played a major role in the water sector, evolving from a nation of limited natural resources to a significant player in global sustainability. Israeli government and companies have worked together to effectively handle and maximize these limited water resources. This holistic approach has resulted in considerable innovation and advancement in the field of water management. Israel, also has considerable experience in the field of water desalination. Israeli companies have developed a range of innovative technologies geared to maximizing desalination efficiency.

Israel is a world leader in advanced agriculture technologies. Israeli companies have been for many years at the forefront of the agriculture and food security solutions worldwide. These companies, that are participating in Vibrant Gujarat, have extensive experience in utilizing limited resources and increasing productivity in arid and semi-arid land.

Israel’s biggest agriculture cooperation project overseas - Indo-Israel Agriculture Project - is led by MASHAV, Israel's agency for international development Cooperation. The current phase of Indo-Israel Agriculture Project is aimed at setting up 29 Centers in 10 states. The goal of this project is to increase crop diversity, increase productivity and increase resources use efficiency. MASHAV, is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of Israel's development cooperation programs. MASHAV focuses on Human capacity building and Training the Trainers as the best way to achieve maximum impact and sustainable growth. The stakeholders include MASHAV and the Embassy of Israel on the Israeli side and the State governments and MIDH on the Indian side.

Israel is a leading force in today’s HLS market. Israeli technology is both sophisticated and innovative, and is considered to be among the best in the world.

Visitors are welcome to the Israeli pavilion at Hall 10 – C 9, Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar.

Source: Embassy of Israel


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