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President Pranab Mukherjee and Israeli Counterpart Reuven Rivlin to Inaugurate CII Agro-Tech 2016 in Chandigarh

Israel is the partner country while 12 other countries are actively participating at the event this time

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President Pranab Mukherjee. Flickr

Chandigarh, Nov 18, 2016: The 12th edition of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) biennial agro technology and business fair, Agro Tech 2016, will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee and his visiting Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin here on Sunday.

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Presidents Mukherjee and Rivlin will inaugurate the fair at the Parade Ground, CII vice president and Bharti Enterprises Vice Chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal told media here on Friday.

“CII Agro Tech 2016 is India’s premier biennial agro technology and business fair with 92 domestic participants and significant international presence, including 47 foreign exhibitors from as many as 13 countries this year.

“The 12th edition of CII Agro Tech 2016 is one of the biggest confluences of stakeholders from agriculture and allied sectors. For the first time in the history of Agro Tech, since its inception in 1994, two heads of the states – President Pranab Mukherjee and President of Israel Reuven Rivlin, are coming together to inaugurate the fair,” Mittal said.

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Punjab and Haryana are the host states for the four-day international agricultural expo while Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are the partner states.

Israel is the partner country while 12 other countries are actively participating at the event this time.

Mittal said that Agro Tech 2016 is focusing on ‘Technology Intervention’ in a big way.

“On the international participation, we are proud that Israel is the partner country with Canada and Germany as focus countries and Great Britain as guest country. 47 overseas companies from 13 countries, including Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, have made it a global event,” he said.

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Chairperson, CII Northern Region Rumjhum Chatterjee said that the Agro Tech was providing a common platform for technological innovation, industry and the farming sector. (IANS)

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Israel to Help India with Desertification and Water Management

World Day to Combat Desertification, which is observed every June 17 to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification

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The country is one of the world's leading nations in desert technologies and methods of dealing with desertification. Wikimedia Commons

At a time when several parts of India are facing acute water shortage and drought situation, Israel has expressed its keenness to share its experience in dealing with desertification and water management, in which it is a world leader.

Israel, with over 60 per cent of its territory being a desert and another 20 per cent semi-arid land, has developed a variety of solutions to desertification through desert agriculture, irrigation, desalination, aquaculture, afforestation and management of water resources. The country is one of the world’s leading nations in desert technologies and methods of dealing with desertification.

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The statement assumes significance as it comes at a time when several parts of India are facing acute water shortage and drought situation. Wikimedia Commons

“As part of our growing partnership with India, Israel is keen to work together and share all its experience and cutting edge technology in our joint fight against desertification, including a strategic partnership on water management and water security,” said Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka in a statement.

His statement came in the context of World Day to Combat Desertification, which is observed every June 17 to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The statement assumes significance as it comes at a time when several parts of India are facing acute water shortage and drought situation.

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World Day to Combat Desertification, which is observed every June 17 to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. Wikimedia Commons

A statement issued by the Israeli Embassy said MASHAV, the country’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, places special emphasis on development cooperation and assistance in the fight against desertification and drought by introducing international programs of capacity building, training, project development and research.

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MASHAV’s approach is based on Israel’s experience in facing harsh climatic conditions, combines the transfer of adaptable technology, research and development, and a hands-on experience originating from leading Israeli experts and institutions, it added.

Under the Indo-Israeli Agricultural Project with the federal and state governments of India, the centre of excellence for date palms in the heart of the desert in Bhuj, Gujarat introduced Indian farmers to date palms suitable for arid conditions made more common by desertification, the statement said. Date palms are ideal value crops for farmers in arid conditions that can be found in India and Israel alike, it added. (IANS)