New Delhi: Baleswar MP Rabindra Kumar Jena, in a bid to bring in technological revolution in Baleswar district, had a discussion on various issues with the Israel Ambassador Daniel Carmon on Monday in New Delhi.
Besides exchanging views on hi-tech cultivation, enhancing production with lesser consumption of water, Jena sought cooperation of the Israel Government on the front.
“I had a very constructive meeting with Israel’s Ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon today. We discussed various aspects of Indo-Israel association, especially the Indo-Israel Agriculture Project (IIAP) and setting up a Centre of Excellence in Baleswar which will benefit thousands of farmers in the region. I apprised him about Odisha and the potential of Baleswar in agriculture. He assured that he will be visiting Odisha soon,” Jena said.
Israel is a world leader in agricultural research and development, which has led to dramatic increase in the quantity and quality of the country’s crops.
Agriculture in Israel is a highly developed industry. The country is a major exporter of fresh produce and a world-leader in agricultural technologies despite the fact that the geography of Israel is not naturally conducive to agriculture.
More than half of the land area is desert, and the climate and lack of water resources do not favor farming. Only 20 per cent of the land area is naturally arable.
In 2008 agriculture represented 2.5 per cent of total GDP and 3.6 per cent of exports. While farm workers made up only 3.7 per cent of the work force, Israel produced 95 per cent of its own food requirements, supplementing this with imports of grain, oilseeds, meat, coffee, cocoa and sugar.