India & Israel have signed a three-year 5th Indo-Israel Agriculture Action Plan (IIAP) 2021-23 agreement for development in Agriculture cooperation. Under the work program, both countries will implement two initiatives namely ‘Indo-Israel Agricultural Project Centre of Excellence’ & ‘Indo-Israel Villages of Excellence (IIVoE)’.It will benefit local farmers through the Centers of Excellence and the Villages of Excellence.
- Till now 4 action plans have been completed successfully.
- Objective – To grow existing Centres of Excellence (CoE), establish new centers, increase CoE’s value chain, bring CoE into the self-sufficient mode, and encourage private sector companies and collaboration.
- Implementing partners – National Horticulture Mission (NHM) under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW), India, and Israel’s Agency for International Development (MASHAV) and CINADCO under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
INDO-ISRAEL Agricultural Project Centres of Excellence
Under the IIAP, 29 CoEs have been established across India in 12 states.The COEs established under these Israeli-based action plans are playing an important role in doubling farmers’ income. The exchange of technology between India and Israel will greatly improve the productivity and quality of horticulture.
Indo-Israel Villages of Excellence (IIVoE)
i.It is a new concept aimed at creating a model ecosystem in agriculture across 8 states in India (alongside 13 already existing CoE in 75 villages).
ii.The CoEs will generate knowledge, demonstrate best practices and train farmers and will focus on Modern Agriculture Infrastructure, Capacity Building, and Market linkage.
Prime Minister – Benjamin Netanyahu
Capital – Jerusalem
Currency – Israeli Shekel