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Israel to set up centres of excellence in Bihar: for cultivation of fruits and vegetables

Bihari mangos: boost to horticulture

Bihari mangos: boost to horticulture

New Delhi/Patna: according to reports, Israel is planning to open two centres of excellence at Nalanda and Vaishali in Bihar in the field of vegetable and mango cultivation respectively to help cultivators increase productivity. In these centres, Israeli agricultural experts along with local farm scientists would impart knowhow of the latest technology to growers to help them raise their production levels, Ohad Horsandi, Israeli Embassy spokesman, told the press recently.

“Bihar has fertile land and grows fruits like mango, litchi, banana and various vegetables including potato. If farmers are told about latest technology, their productivity would rise many-fold,” he said. The West Asian country is running 20 centres of excellence in the field of agriculture and horticulture across India and these two proposed centres in Bihar were among nine more it was planning to start by 2015, Horsandi said.

He said there was a scarcity of water in Israel and his country had expertise when it came to irrigation, water treatment and water recycling. Horsandi said they were also interested in extending cooperation to Bihar in the dairy sector and developing cold chains.

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