Haryana

Israel’s Ambassador to India visits Centre of Excellence in Vegetables in Karnal

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, November 22

Israel’s Ambassador to India,  Naor Gilone and his delegation visited Centre of Excellence in Vegetables, Gharaunda, Karnal and Horticulture Training Institute today. He also visited the Integrated Beekeeping Development Center, Ramnagar (Kurukshetra).

On his arrival at the Vegetable Excellence Center,  Naor Gillon was welcomed by the Center Director, Dr. Sudhir Yadav.

 Naor Gilon expressed happiness over the production of variety of flowers and vegetables including coloured capsicum, small pepper, cherry tomato and Partho Caren variety of cucumbers grown in the poly house with Israeli technology. The ambassador said that in just one year, the farmers here have shown their skillful working style and hard work by increasing the production capacity per hectare in vegetable production.

On this occasion, Director General, Horticulture, Dr. Arjun Singh Saini said that continuous work is going on for the last about six years on organic farming at the center and due to the untiring efforts of the center, very commendable techniques have been developed regarding organic farming of vegetables. Dr. Saini informed that a comprehensive program is being run by the department to train the youth and farmers, under which various courses have been started at Horticulture Training Institute, Uchani, Karnal and six other centers of excellence in which 8 competency packs, 45 weekly training programs covering 1800 participants and 10,000 participants through 45 webinars will be covered under Skill Development Mission (ASCI).

During his visit to Horticulture Training Institute, Uchani Karnal,  Naor Gillon was apprised by Principal of the Institute Dr. Joginder Ghanghas, about the courses being conducted in the Institute. Dr. Joginder Ghanghas informed  Naor Gillon in detail that here farmers of the state are given training in different types of horticulture according to the training calendar of the institute.

On this occasion, Director General of Horticulture Department, Dr. Saini informed that a comprehensive programme is being run by the department to train the youth and farmers, under which various courses have been started at Horticulture Training Institute, Uchani, Karnal and six other centers of excellence in which 8 competency packs, 45 weekly training programs covering 1800 participants and 10,000 participants through 45 webinars will be covered under Skill Development Mission (ASCI).

 Naor Gillon and his delegation also visited Integrated Beekeeping Development Center, Ramnagar (Kurukshetra). On reaching Centre Director, Dr. Billu Yadav, welcomed  Naor Gillon and said that the main goal of the centre is to promote beekeeping in the state of Haryana. With the help of this centre, beekeepers of Haryana state are taking financial assistance in the form of technical and grants to increase their business.

 Naor Gillon inquired about the ongoing projects at the center and explained the future course of MASHAV. He said that in the second phase of mashav, the center will play an important role in taking the technology to the beekeepers. Dr. Yadav informed that 10 villages have been adopted for the same work by Indo Israel Village of excellence (IIVOE) and technical support is being given by the Center from time to time for beekeeping. After this, honey processing unit and bottling unit were visited and Dr. Yadav told that the beekeepers of Haryana state get their honey processed on grant money with the help of this center and after bottling they put their own mark and then they sell in the market.

 Naor Gillon said that Israel will set up many such projects in 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.

 Naor Gillon and MASHAV counselor  Yahir Asheel, who came from Israel Embassy, appreciated the facilities being provided by the Integrated Beekeeping Development Center Ramnagar for beekeeping and said that they are very fortunate to have got a chance to visit this centre.