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India and Israel join hands to develop solutions to desertification and living in the desert

India and Israel join hands to develop solutions to desertification and living in the desert

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 15 Jun 2019, 11:35 am

New Delhi, June 15 (IBNS): Israel is keen to work together with India to fight against against desertification, said Dr. Ron Malka, Ambassador of Israel to India, ahead of World Day to Combat Desertification, which is observed every June 17th.

“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 Dr Malka.

Israel has been working in depth in the field of desert technologies and methods of dealing with desertification.

With over 60 per cent of its territory being a desert and another 20 per cent semi-arid land, Israel has been working to develop solutions to desertification and living in the desert, including: desert agriculture, irrigation, desalination, aquaculture, afforestation and management of water resources.

According to a release from New Delhi based Embassy Of Israel, MASHAV, the nation'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.

Israeli experts visit India in consultancy missions on irrigation, vegetable production, and greenhouse production, the release said.

Under the Indo-Israeli Agricultural Project, the Centre of Excellence for Date Palms, located in the heart of the desert in Bhuj, Gujarat, introduced Indian farmers to date palms suitable for arid conditions made more common by desertification.

Date palms are ideal value crops for farmers in arid conditions that can be found in India and Israel alike.

A delegation from India participated in a study tour in Israel organized by MASHAV on water technology and management issues.

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

India and Israel join hands to develop solutions to desertification and living in the desert

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