Indian lawmakers from the southern Indian State of Telangana would be attending the 19th International Agriculture Exhibition Agritech 2015 going to be held in Tel Aviv from April 28 to 30, 2015. The delegation comprising of 8 elected member of State Assembly and senior officials would also travel across Israel to familiarise themselves with latest framing techniques in the areas of organic farming, greenhousing and drip irrigation.
The recently constituted State of Telangana is roughly the size of US State of Arizona and has a population of 35 million. The youngest Indian state was constituted in July, 2014 – formerly a part of the Andhra Pradesh State.
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Telangana’s capital city Hyderabad is home to country’s leading IT and Pharma companies. The emergence of the region as an IT-hub has attracted huge outside investments but the economic benefits are yet to reach the weakest sections of the society.
The state’s agriculture and dairy sector is mostly unorganised and employs a large section of the population. The government hopes to improve the farming wages and boost the local economy by introducing export-oriented floriculture and organic farming.
Israeli developmental agency MASHAV is already working with Indian authorities at local level and has set up 29 agriculture technology centres across the country. These centres showcase cutting-edge Israeli innovations in agriculture and related sectors to Indian farmers and train them locally in new farming techniques.
In recent years, government and private players have demonstrated increased interest in cooperating with Israel in the field of agriculture. According to Israel’s envoy to India Ambassador Daniel Carmon, this year Indians are expected to form the largest delegation at Israel’s flag-ship agriculture fair.
Vijeta Uniyal is an Indian journalist based in Europe and Contributing Editor for Jewish Business News