A six-member team of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Government of Nepal visited Indo-Israel Centers of Excellence (CoE) for Vegetables & Citrus in Punjab and for Beekeeping in Haryana on March 29 and March 30, 2022 respectively.
As the Government of Nepal plans to set up the CoE in the country with cooperation of Israel to benefit and boost the economy of Nepali farmers, the Nepali delegation led by Director General at Department of Agriculture Dr. Rewati Raman Poudel visited the centres and took first-hand information about the model of CoE in the collaboration with MASHAV-Israel Nepal, said the press release of the Embassy of Israel in Nepal.
In order to bring modern Israeli technology and conduct training in the agriculture sector in Nepal, Israel signed a bilateral agreement in 2020 to establish seven CoE in Nepal.
The CoE are advanced/intensive agricultural farms for knowledge-transfer of Israeli Agro-Technology tailored to the local conditions. It aims to benefit farmers with a focus on selected key crops.
Each CoE comprises nursery management, best practices cultivation techniques, irrigation, fertigation & post-harvest management. Sustainability aims to develop into a self-sufficient platform in the aspect of HR, accumulated knowledge & operating capabilities., it added.
The CoE acts as a meeting point for academy, government and farmers to cooperate towards fruitful achievements.
Attaché at the Embassy of Israel in New Delhi Yair Eshel briefed about the role of MASHAV and model of CoE implementation to the study team members of Nepal.
There are 29 Indo-Israel Centers of Excellence in 12 states in India and adding more in additional 9 states, it said.