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Haryana, Israel sign MoU for centre for animal husbandy dairy

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for establishment of Indo-Israel Centre of excellence in Animal Husbandry and Dairying sector at Hisar was signed between Haryana government and Israeli government here today.

According to an official statement, the MoU was signed in the presence of Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister Om Parkash Dhankhar and Charge d Affairs, Embassy of Israel in New Delhi Yahel Vilan.

Speaking on the occasion, Dhankhar said that Haryana would enhance its per capita availability of milk with the help of Israeli techniques. Haryana is number one in terms of Murrah breed buffalo, he added.

He also said Haryana government is collaborating with Israel government for boosting dairy development in the state keeping in view the similar agro climatic conditions in Israel and Haryana. A feasibility study for the proposed centre of excellence in Animal Husbandry sector has already been conducted by Israeli experts.

The centre of excellence would be established in the already existing State Cattle Breeding Project at Government Livestock Farm, Hisar, he added.

The establishment of the proposed centre of excellence would be 100 per cent centrally-sponsored, getting funds under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) at least for the initial three years or till such time the infrastructural development of the centre is completed and the initial projected cost of the centre is Rs 14.98 crore, the official statement added.

The MOU was signed by Mahavir Singh, Haryana Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department and Ilan Fluss, Deputy Head of Agency for International Development Co-operation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel.

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First Published: Wed, April 15 2015. 21:22 IST