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A centre of excellence for integrated beekeeping development will be launched tomorrow in Haryana's Ramnagar as part of the Indo-Israeli Agricultural Project (IIAP), the Israel Embassy here today said. The project is a cooperation between the Union government, Indian state governments and Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation--MASHAV. "Tomorrow, India and Israel will inaugurate a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Integrated Beekeeping Development in Ramnagar, Haryana," the Embassy said. Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Ambassador of Israel to India Daniel Carmon, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of Haryana, Om Prakash Dhankar, are to attend the event. "The (IIAP) project is currently active in nine states across India, and will include seven more states in the next phase of the project," the Embassy said in a statement. The CoE is one of 18 fully operational centres in the Indo-Israeli Agricultural Project.
It will be the 14th MASHAV-MIDH centre to be inaugurated in India and the fourth in Haryana. The beekeeping centre in Ramnagar is the "first of its kind", and will address queen bee rearing, quality control laboratories, enhanced production, honey production value chain and pollination. On the eve of the inauguration, Ambassador Carmon said, "Centres of Excellence are an integral part of India and Israel's growing partnership. Haryana is one of the first to implement this tool for its farmers, and has more IIAP centres than any other state." "I hope to see more states open IIAP centres across India, and that the private sector too joins us in the endeavour to bring advanced agro-technology to Indian farmers," he said. India and Israel are celebrating 25 years of relations in 2017.
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