Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal met with the Israeli delegation to Vibrant Gujarat 2015 Summit and discussed possible ways to extend the fruitful cooperation between Israel and India in the area of food security.
During a special meeting which took place at the Summit in Gandhinagar, Israeli Minister of Agriculture Yair Shamir and Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, expressed their intention to establish a joint working group on agriculture and food processing to examine new crop diversification techniques which could be effectively used in India.
After the meeting, Minister Badal and Minister Shamir, accompanied by Head of MASHAV, Ambassador Gil Haskel, and by Israel's Ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon, visited the Israeli Pavilion where they witnessed several advanced Israeli agro-technologies being implemented within the framework of the Indo-Israeli Agricultural Cooperation Program, including drip irrigation, water conservation and post-harvest management. They also sampled fresh produce grown on one of the Indo-Israeli Centers of Excellence in Agriculture.
From right to left: The Head of MASHAV; Israel's Minister of Agriculture; India's Minister of Food Processing Industries; and Israel's Ambassador to India; holding fresh produce grown on one of the Indo-Israel MASHAV Centers of Excellence