Israel can play a very proactive role in introducing technological advancements in the field of agriculture and horticulture such as precision farming, digital Agriculture, optimum usage of water, fertilizer and other inputs to Agriculture.
Gujrat and Israel will set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) to boost cooperation in the field of agriculture and horticulture.
The proposal to constitute the JWG was put forward by Israeli Minister for Agriculture, Uri Ariel, during his meeting with Gujrat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
The JWG will be headed by Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Sanjay Prasad, Rupani announced after the meeting.
Noting that Gujrat has "always been at the forefront in introducing innovative measures in agriculture and horticulture", Ariel said, "I am very confident that the success in Gujarat would pave the way for other states to follow the same model and make the country (India) prosperous.
Rupani also met the CEO of a leading Israeli firm in the field of drip irrigation, Netafim, and discussed at length the end-to-end solutions for farmers for higher and better quality yield, water saving, reducing input costs and improved sustainability.
Digital solutions coupled with agricultural best practices such as drip irrigation will support enhancing the productivity of crops and thus achieving the goal of doubling the farmers' income by 2022, Rupani noted during his discussion with the CEO, Ran Maidan.
They also discussed subsurface irrigation for sugarcane crop which allows precise application of water, nutrients and other agro- chemicals directly to the root zone of plants. The technology, according to experts, has the potential to enhance sugarcane crop production from 60 tonnes to 160 tonnes.
The CEO also announced to support pilot experimental project for first 100 farmers in setting up digital farming comprising sensor equipment, which will collect real time data related to soil, weather conditions, moisture availability, crop status and health.
These sensors will transmit and analyze all crop related information using cloud-based and artificial intelligence technologies. The technology will help in automating drip irrigation and conserving water and fertilizer by releasing them as per each crop requirement.
Rupani is on a six-day visit to Israel to strengthen cooperation in the fields of internal security, water management and agriculture.