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Strengthening farming in the Gaza periphery

The tenth Negev Conference on Agricultural Research and Development, which was held in the Eshkol Regional Council, focused on developing agriculture in Israel's Gaza Border communities. Director of KKL-JNF's Southern Region Ami Uliel reviewed KKL-JNF's extensive activities to promote Negev development - which are carried out with the help of its Friends worldwide – in areas such as agriculture, land, water, afforestation, settlement and tourism.


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Prof. Sheenan Harpaz. Photo: Yoav Devir








Ambassador Shapiro to Lead Israeli Investment Delegation to the United States  Invites more Israeli companies to join his delegation to SelectUSA Summit 2015


U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro invites Israeli companies to join him and other Israeli investors already signed up to participate in the SelectUSA Summit 2015. Ambassador Shapiro will lead a delegation of up to 20 Israeli companies from a variety of business sectors to the Summit, aimed at opening the U.S. market to foreign investment by showcasing the United States as the world's premier business location and providing easy access to federal programs and services related to business investment. The summit will take place outside Washington, DC, March 23-24.


At the Summit, the Israeli delegation members, along with investors from 72 countries, will hold one-on-one meetings with State Economic Development Organizations to talk about each State's commercial environment, developing markets and State incentives. The summit will hold moderated panels presenting the latest information on all aspects of investment in the U.S.


Ambassador Shapiro praised this unique opportunity, and urged more Israeli companies to sign up: "This summit is a chance for some great Israeli companies to find their market in the United States, grow their business, and expand trade between the U.S. and Israel. I strongly encourage more Israeli companies to join me on this delegation and take advantage of this unique opportunity. Israeli investors have contributed significantly to the American economy, helping make the U.S. the most attractive destination for investment."


Maria Andrews, the U.S. Embassy's Commercial Counselor in Israel, said: "We are very excited about the Israeli delegation attending the summit and know how beneficial it can be for the companies to explore a number of potential U.S. locations in the space of two days, all in one place. We will continue to work with the companies after the Summit to help them reach their goals, connecting them with economic development officials in the different States."


About SelectUSA:


SelectUSA is a federal program aimed at assisting businesses from around the world who are interested in expanding their business into the U.S. The program was launched in 2011 by executive order and is managed as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It is the first such program to be managed on a federal level. Its purpose is to directly connect the different U.S. States with international companies wishing to invest in the U.S.


To learn more about SelectUSA, and to register for the summit, please visit www.selectusasummit.com or contact Sigal Mendelovich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



















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

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On the eve of the elections, the conference will present housing solutions offered by the parties running for the Knesset and will present the economic efforts for housing and infrastructures in Israel.

On the eve of the elections in which Israel's citizens will again go to the polling booths, Israel's top real estate industry personalities will attend the "Globes" 2015 Real Estate and Infrastructures Conference in cooperation with Mizrahi Tefahot Bank.

Israel's largest real estate conference - a key meeting place for decision-makers, businesspeople, government officials, and economic leaders – will be held on February 23, 2015. Ahead of the elections, the conference will present housing solutions offered by the parties running for the Knesset and will present the economic efforts for housing and infrastructures in Israel.

This year, six top officials from parties running in the Knesset general election will participate in the conference. Labor Party Chairman MK Isaac Herzog, Yesh Atid Chairman and former Minister of Finance Yair Lapid, Kulanu Chairman and former Minister of Communications and Minister of Social Services Moshe Kahlon, Minister of Construction and Housing Uri Ariel, Minister of the Interior Gilad Erdan, and Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz will present their proposals for housing and infrastructures on the basis of their economic doctrines.

The Israel Real Estate and Infrastructures Conference will examine the balance of forces in national and local government. The new challenges facing the industry and a wide range of issues, including construction, financing (mortgages and credit for contractors), planning, urban renewal, public housing, transportation and infrastructures will be presented at the conference.


Program   in hebreu   :http://wink.globes.co.il/conference/2015/nadlan/nadlan_program.pdf

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The Israeli national pavilion at Vibrant Gujarat 2015 entitled "Israel Innovation in India" exhibits ongoing Indo-Israeli cooperation and showcases advanced Israeli technologies in the fields of agriculture and homeland security.


The Israeli national pavilion entitled "Israel Innovation in India" exhibits ongoing Indo-Israeli cooperation and showcases advanced Israeli technologies in the fields of agriculture and homeland security. Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir heads the Israeli delegation to the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, accompanied by 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.


In addition, two professional events organized by the Embassy of Israel in India will take place during the Summit: the first, a seminar on "Water Recycling, Irrigation Panel, Post-Harvest Management and Dairy," and the second a seminar on "Innovation and Technology in Food Processing for Sustaining Food Security" where Minister Shamir will be the keynote speaker.


Advanced Israeli technologies already being implemented in India include drip irrigation, polyhouses, sophisticated water management and control systems. In the field of dairy, Israel will showcase advanced methods to increase milk productivity of cows. In HLS, Israel will present some of the most cutting edge technologies aimed at making India's cities safer.


During Vibrant Gujarat 2015, Israel and India signed a Joint Declaration on the commencement of the third phase of the Indo-Israel Agricultural Cooperation Project, further strengthening and widening the bilateral agricultural development cooperation between the two countries. In the current three-year work plan, Israel and India are in the process of establishing 29 centers of excellence for agriculture in 10 Indian states, including Gujarat.




The agreement was signed in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, by Head of MASHAV Ambassador Gil Haskel and Mr. Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary, India's Mission for Integrated Development in Horticulture (MIDH), in the presence of Israel's Minister of Agriculture Yair Shamir and the Minister of State of Agriculture of India Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya (January 11). The Ministers praised the Indo-Israel cooperation in Agriculture (IIAP), which has become a strong platform for achieving national goals such as diversification of crops, increasing productivity and optimizing the use of resources through the introduction of relevant, innovative Israeli technologies.