A first of its kind regional centre for agriculture for the Northeast with Israeli collaboration will be inaugurated in Mizoram on March 7.
Set up with a cost of Rs 8-10 crore, the centre will exclusively process citrus fruits, an official statement said here today.
The project has come up with the tripartite collaboration of the Union ministry of agriculture and farmers, the government of Israel and the Mizoram government.
Israel will provide expertise, knowledge and professional support to the centre, which will cater to the entire northeastern region, the statement said.
A delegation led by Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon met Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh here today and discussed issues of common interest including start-ups, food processing, innovation and technology.
Singh said the centre is a beginning of the larger collaboration between the two countries in this area and the DoNER ministry will coordinate wherever required.
The centre will benefit the farmers of the northeastern region in the long run and will also encourage the farmers from other regions, he said.
It will serve as a model of learning for other countries in Indian sub-continent, he said.
There are 22 such operational centres in India in the states of Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab.
The first centre was established in 2008 in Haryana.
In the long run, Israel is keen to establish one such centre in each state, the statement said.
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