'India, Israel expanding cooperation in agri, water saving'

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said India-Israel relations are going to strengthen from here.

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Gharaunda (Karnal), Nov 18: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin today said the future of relationship between India and Israel not only goes between the government and administration but between "the people of both the nations".

Rivlin, who visited the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables (CEV) here, said India could learn from Israeli experience and know how in the fields of agriculture, water saving and water cleaning techniques.

Israel President

Amid tight security, the Israeli President came here along with a delegation and had a first-hand experience of the protected cultivation of vegetables at the centre which was set up in collaboration with Israel in 2011. Rivlin visited the nursery in the high-tech green house located at the centre to get an overview of Indo-Israeli agricultural projects.

Asked about the Indo-Israel cooperation, the President said that the cooperation between both the nations is now being expanded in the field of agriculture, water and security while asserting, "We have to take care of each other".

"They (India) are asking our experience to be taught here. I believe the connection between people of India and people of Israel and the understanding .... We have to take care of each other that will bring us to lot of cooperation because the cooperation started 25 years ago and it is now being expanded to a level (where) no one can even foresee in all fields of agriculture, water."

"We have any kind of necessity to carry on, we have any kind of security and we are doing all together. We are cooperating and we are not hiding from each other any kind of business we are very open," he asserted.

He further said, "I see the future of relationship between India and Israel that something not only goes between the government and administration but between the people."

President Rivlin is on a state visit to India on the invitation of President Pranab Mukherjee. India and Israel signed agreements for agriculture partnership in 2006 under which Israel has been sharing its best practices and knowledge through professional training programmes.

When asked about the technologies India need the most, the President said that Israel can share its experience and know how in the field of agriculture and lesser use of water in farming. "We know how to do and how to arrange clean drinking water.

We have every type of agriculture experience. Shortage of water in Israel has taught us to how to carry water from one part of the country to another part, how to clean water and how to bring the ability to make sea water into drinking water," he said.

"We have lot of experiences and people of India can have our experience by 'b-to b' relationship, 'g to g'...." While taking a look at seedling of various vegetables at the centre, President said the small tomatoes which were grown here are "money maker".

PTI

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