A high-level delegation of NABARD led by its Chairman Shri H K Bhanwala and Deputy Managing Director Shri H R Dave is on a 5-day visit to Israel from 22 October 2017. The other members of the delegation include Shri M I Ganagi, CGM, Karnataka Regional Office, Shri A K Sahoo, CGM, Head Office and Shri Shankar Pande, CGM, Head Office, Shri A M Yadav, GM, Head Office and Shri B Suri Babu, DGM, Andhra Pradesh Regional Office.
On the first day of the visit, the delegation called on Mr Uri Ariel Hacohen, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Director of Foreign Trade and other senior officials of Agriculture Ministry and Research Organization. Broad areas of discussions included possibilities of Israel-India cooperation in the area of water use efficiency with emphasis on micro irrigation particularly in Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF) and Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) assisted irrigation projects, mentoring of agri start-ups and other mutually agreeable feasible models aimed at production and productivity enhancement through technology. The delegation also visited Danzinger, a modern private nursery company with export orientation. The delegation made visits to Agriculture Research Organization (CINDACO) and Weitz Institute as well. The discussions focussed on the production technologies, training and capacity building in active association with Training establishments of NABARD/BIRD.