Tripura CM meets Israeli Ambassador, talks areas of co-operation

Agartala: There is scope for assistance from Israel in developing a scientific approach to farming, horticulture mechanization, protected cultivation, soil treatment, orchid and canopy management, nursery management and post-harvest management, said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb during his interaction with the Israeli Ambassador to India- Dr Ron Malka in New Delhi on Friday.

During the discussion, Deb discussed on various important topics which include potential areas of co-operation between Tripura and Israel in various sectors- water and irrigation management, security and high surveillance system, food processing, packaging, cold storage and technology transfer, agricultural increase through ground water management, cultural and tourism promotion and advanced technology to maintain historical sites and temples.

Dr Malka has expressed his interest in Tripura and agreed to visit the state along with a team of Israel to study the aspects of the topics discussed in the meeting.

Referring to the dearth of irrigation and it’s adverse impact on farm productivity, the chief minister mentioned that the techniques available with Israel in the fields of micro-irrigation, drip irrigation, soil moisture conservation, solar pumps, sewage treatment, water treatment, water recycling and reuse, centralized water planning and pricing can help address the issue of water shortage and help Tripura in increasing the farm productivity and providing safe drinking water to people of Tripura.