Israeli tech turned desert into fertile land

AHMEDABAD: The friendship between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, was apparent when they interacted with farmers in Vadrad village of Prantij taluka in Sabarkantha at the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables. Both leaders batted for use of scientific methods to increase farmers’ income.

“We come from a land which was a desert,” the Israeli PM said. “We were farmers at the time of the Bibles. We raised dates, weeds, olives but the land lay barren. We started scientific agriculture and saw our yields increase and water usage go down. We saw crop survival and it survived much longer in storage,” Netanyahu said.
He further said that they had implemented the programme called, Mashav, in many countries but its biggest use was being made here in India.
“We have 20 such centres of excellence and soon we will have 30 such centres,” said the PM of Israel.