Promoting Indo – Israel Agricultural Cooperation

Confederation of Indian industry (CII) and Embassy of Israel organized a session as a precursor to B2B meet on Promoting Indo-Israel Agricultural Cooperation on Monday, 24th March 2014 in New Delhi.
Mr. B. Thiagarajan, Chairman, CII National Task Force on Cold Chain Development and Executive Director, Blue Star Ltd. presented the Overview of the Agro and Food Supply-chain from Indian Perspective and elaborated the role of CII - Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (FACE) in contributing towards the ongoing policy dialogue related to agriculture and food-security concerns in his opening address.
He added that Israel has intrinsic strengths in R&D and technological innovations and has the largest number of patents per capita and as CII FACE, we would look forward to partnering with our counterpartsin Israel for capacity building in the field of agriculture applied research, introduction of innovative technologies and promotion of agricultural crop intensification and diversification, water management etc.
Mr Yoni Benzaken, Head of Economic and Trade Mission, Embassy of Israel, mentioned in his address about the great interest shown by Israeli companies in collaborative partnership to provide the technology solutions to the existing problems faced by Indian Companies.  In this regard, an industry led delegation comprising of nine Israeli private companies joined the session and presented their work and expertise.
The session was addressed by eminent national speakers like Mr Gokul Patnaik, Chairman, Global Agrisystem Pvt. Ltd and Mr Deepak Kapur Director, EM3 Agri Services Limited and was attended by a large number of delegates from all across India and from other parts of the world.
Over hundred B2B meetings were organized between Israel and Indian companies. The Israel delegation constitutes the companies dealing in areas like Micro-Irrigation, Greenhouses and covered systems, Seed and propagation Material, Pipes- PVC and PE, Tissue culture, Turnkey projects including water systems, climate control, Packing house and refrigeration rooms , Aquaculture, Food processing, Designs for villages, Dairy farms, feed centers, Post harvest processing facilities, plastic industries etc. Similar work areas were well represented by Indian Companies.
It may be noted that India has benefited from Israeli expertise and technologies in horticulture mechanization, protected cultivation, orchard and canopy management, nursery management, micro-irrigation and post-harvest management particularly in Haryana and Maharashtra.  
Israel is also known for its ability to generate new technology-based companies and is widely acknowledged as a model high technology economy. It is vital to find out the complementarities existing so that they can provide a direction towards strengthening economic and commercial relationship between the two countries.