Ambassador of Israel to India Naor Gilon met Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at his office on Monday to discuss possibilities to strengthen Research, Education, Health Services, Aeronautics, other than their current investment agreements with the State in the Agriculture sector.
During the meeting, Naor Gilon not only lauded Haryana for successfully running four excellence centres at various places across the State but also said that Israel will set up many such projects in the future in different states of India, and most of the projects will be in Haryana as the state’s production capacity, efficiency, and atmosphere are favourable.
“Out of the total 80 per cent investment done by Israel in India, around 50 per cent is invested in Haryana. Now, Israel aims to explore more investment possibilities in Haryana in sectors other than Agriculture. Now we are moving towards setting up Village of Excellence in Haryana,” said Gilon.
Gilon held extensive discussions with the Chief Minister identifying various development avenues between Haryana and Israel. He especially sought cooperation from the Haryana Government in exploring investment possibilities in telemedicine since Israel is very strong in this sector.
Speaking on the occasion, Khattar said, “Almost 50 per cent of the land is less productive; hence possibilities to promote fisheries business can be explored. Micro-irrigation can be another area of investment.”
“Haryana has taken water management and initiated the separate programme by linking/developing micro-irrigation, water farm pond, village ponds, and canal irrigated led programmes at a community level. So Israel may explore technical collaboration in this field,” Khattar added.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister while evincing keen interest in the Ambu bike, an ambulance-equipped two-wheeler service operational in Jerusalem directed the officers concerned to explore possibilities of tie-ups with the NGO running the service and invite them to visit Haryana.
He said that out of various models of business like B2B; G2G, B2G etc, we believe in the H2H model of working that is ‘Heart to Heart’ approach of collaboration.
Earlier, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Sh. J.P Dalal said that as Haryana is a landlocked state and has developed inland fish culture by establishing more than 2000 freshwater ponds, hence possibilities can be explored in setting up a centre of modern fish culture technologies in the State.
“Israel has developed better technologies for dry land horticulture; therefore, we do expect that Israel will develop the best dryland Horticulture Centre at Gignow, Bhiwani. Also, we do appreciate that Israel is providing training in Israel. We do expect that Israel will train more officers and explore them to their technologies,” said J.P Dalal.
Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister D. S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary, Foreign Cooperation Department Yogender Chaudhry, Director General, Agriculture Hardeep Singh, Director General, Horticulture Arjun Saini, Vice-Chancellor, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Dr. B. R. Kamboj, Vice-Chancellor, The Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS), Gurdial Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Maharana Pratap Horticultural University, Prof. Samar Singh and other officers were also present.