Agartala: Israel will assist Tripura in the development of agriculture practices by using technology and other know how. Yair Eshel, agriculture officer at the Israeli embassy in Delhi, is on a three-day visit to the northeastern state to look into the matter.
On his second day in the state, he visited the Horticulture and Fruit Research Center run by the Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, under the Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, in Nagichhara, Agartala.
For about three-and-a-half hours, he toured the fruit research center’s vegetable plots, various types of fruit plots and inspected activities of the research center.
He examined the fruits and vegetables produced in the research center with his own hands and enquired about irrigation and orchard systems, fertilizer application, and maintenance, by talking to officials and other staff.
After a long period of inspection and observation, he said that the methods of cultivation of fruits and vegetables here are correct but the use of technology here is comparatively much less.
“Israel will provide technical assistance to further improve agriculture in the state of Tripura. Besides, some advanced methods of cultivating vegetables and other crops will also be taught,” Eshel said.
He further said that he believed that joint ventures and efforts of both the countries would further improve agriculture in Tripura. In addition, a horticultural research center will be set up in collaboration with Israel.
Eshel is also scheduled to visit other districts in the state to explore various aspects of vegetables and crop cultivation. He has been working as an agricultural consultant for India as well as Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.
He was accompanied by Dr. Phani Bhushan Jamatia, Director, Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Dr Rahib Ghosh, Deputy Director, Dr Deepak Baidya, Deputy Director, and other officials.
Dr Jamatia said Eshel has given many suggestions for the improvement of agriculture in Tripura. These suggestions will be put to use and initiatives will be taken to spread these methods among the farmers in the state.
The Israel delegate said Israel would provide technical assistance in setting up a citrus excellence centre in the garden of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare in the Taidu area.
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