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                  Chief Editor: S Jafar Naqvi
                      Consulting Editor
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                                                    loriculturists	in	Israel	would	always	remember	Prime	Minister	Narendra	Modi’s	visit
                 ChiEf Coordinator: M.B. Naqvi      to that country – the first by an Indian head of government. As a special gesture to
                                               Fmark	the	event,	the	Israeli	government	has	given	the	name	“MODI”	to	a	fast	growing
                Editorial Coordinator: Syed M K  Chrysanthemum plant there. It signifies a “growing partnership” between the two countries,

                      Layout & Design          explained	the	Israeli	government.
                        Mohd. Iqbal               Modi’s itinerary in Israel included a visit to the Danziger ”Dan” flower farm, along with
                       Faiyaz Ahmad            his	Israeli	counterpart	Benjamin	Netanyahu,	where	the	two	leaders	were	briefed	about	the
                                               latest technologies being used in floriculture. The Danziger flower farm –located in Moshav
                        Head Office            Mishmar Hashiva, 56 km from Jerusalem -- is one of Israel’s leading floriculture companies
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                    1910 / 2        with	 approximately	 80,000	 square	 metres	 of	 state-of	 the-art	 greenhouses,	 specializing	 in
               E-mail:  plant	reproduction.
                                                  The	Prime	Minister’s	historic	visit	concluded	after	the	two	sides	concluded	a	series	of
                   Other Business Offices      agreements on mutual cooperation in various fields. Seven of these agreements pertained to
                         Mumbai                water	conservation,	space	and	agriculture.
                        97029099                After	a	joint	statement	with	Prime	Minister	Netanyahu,	Modi	said,	“Israel	is	among	the
                leading nations in the field of innovation, water and agriculture technology. . . We agreed
                                               that efficiency of water resource use, water conservation, and its purification, productivity
                        911797             in	agriculture	are	key	areas	in	deepening	our	bilateral	cooperation.”	Earlier,	he	visited	a
                  water	desalination	unit	operated	by	GAL	Water	Technologies	near	Hadera.
                                                  India’s	 Foreign	 Secretary	 S	 Jaishankar	 said	 the	 strategic	 partnership	 in	 water	 and
                         Chennai               agriculture between the two countries has major potential, and it is significant in the context
                        99110277             of	Indian	government’s	declared	goal	of	doubling	the	farmers’	income	by	2022.
                                                  It	may	relevant	in	this	context	to	recall	an	address	of	Israel’s	Ambassador	to	India	Daniel
                                               Carmon	at	a	conference	on	sustainable	agriculture	held	in	New	Delhi	a	few	weeks	ago.	He
                  Admn. & Marketing Office     said	there	are	manyareas	where	Israeli	companies	are	interested	in	collaboration	with	Indian
                   MEDIA TODAY PVT. LTD.       companies	and	government	agencies.	Israel	has	already	set	up	15	“Centres	of	Excellence”
              J-7, Paryavaran Complex, Neb Sarai,
              IGNOU Road, New Delhi-1100, India  in	agriculture	across	six	states	in	India,	and	in	the	next	two-three	years,	about	25	“Centres
                   Phone : 91-11-299 /    of	 Excellence”	 in	 agriculture	 and	 horticulture	 are	 proposed	 to	 be	 set	 up.	 These	 Centres
                    1910 / 2        would	 demonstrate	 “best	 practices”	 for	 yield	 improvement.	 He	 said	 Israeli	 authorities
               E-mail:  are	in	discussion	with	various	states	to	see	how	the	two	sides	can	work	in	areas	of	water
                   Web. :    management,	drip	irrigation	and	desalination.
                                                  In	an	interview	to	an	Indian	newsman	covering	Modi’s	visit,	Israeli	Minister	of	National
                       Subscription            Infrastructure	Yuval	Steinitz	said	the	agreements	signed	between	the	two	countries	on	water
              India : 1 Year Rs. 1000/- by Normal Post  conservation and recycling represent a good start. In this field, he said Israel has the most
                        Rs. 100/- by Courier   advanced and efficient system in the world, and pointed out that Israel desalinates 90 per
                2 Years Rs. 10/- by Normal Post  cent of the sea water used in the households, and then recycles 95 per cent of its sewage
                        Rs. 20/- by Courier  water	for	agriculture.	Recycling	water	is	not	just	useful	for	farming	purposes,	but	it	also
                   Overseas:   US$ 120 for 1 Year                                helps	in	checking	pollution.	On	Ganga	cleaning	project	in	India,	he	said,	the	river	cannot	be
                          US$ 20 for 2 Years   cleaned	if	the	region	around	it	is	not	cleaned	and	all	sources	of	pollution	going	into	the	river
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                                                  A	remarkable	example	of	Indo-Israeli	cooperation	that	has	been	there	for	long	can	be
                                               seen	 in	 the	 semi-arid	 regions	 of	 Rajasthan.	 Using	 Israeli	 technology,	 the	 Jodhpur-based
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                Printed at Everest Press, E-9/,  Central	Arid	Zone	Research	Institute	(CAZRI),	under	ICAR,	has	not	only	arrested	the	march
                     Okhla Industrial Area     of	the	desert,	but	also	made	the	desert	bloom.
                 Ph-II, New Delhi - 110 020 and   The	100	per	cent	acquisition	of	Israeli	drip	irrigation	company	Naandan	by	Jain	Irrigation
              Published from E-11/7 A, New Colony,   and growth of Israeli company Netafim, world leader in Smart irrigation solution, which
                   Hauz Rani, Malviya Nagar,   has been popularizing micro irrigation in India’s farm lands, are just two fine examples
                   New Delhi-110017 (INDIA)    corporate	partnership.
                                                  Like	the	‘Modi”	chrysanthemum,	the	cooperation	between	the	two	countries	is	all	set	to
                    Editor : S. Jafar Naqvi    bloom	further	for	years	to	come.
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