To provide good quality vegetable seedlings throughout the year, the National Horticulture Mission (NHM) has joined hands with Israel to develop expertise in vegetable farming. The two nations started an Indo-Israel Centre for Excellence in Vegetables at NHM, Gharaunda near Karnal, in January 2011.
The project - spread over 15 acre and doing a business of Rs 55 lakh per annum - is close to Agrom SEZ at Gannaur providing easy market access to farmers. "The objective is to provide better quality seedlings to our farmers and to promote various types of vegetable crops through green house and poly-house farming," said Paramvir Singh, Haryana's agriculture minister.
"The Israeli technology is good for all kinds of farmers, especially small farmers, who can adopt the open field vegetable farming technique that costs a little higher than traditional ways," he said. "We are giving 65% subsidy on poly-house and other kinds of farming under this Indo-Israeli project," he added.
"Israeli experts visit this farm every fortnight to update our experts and farmers," said AS Saini, joint director of Haryana Horticulture Department. "Israel has the expertise in vegetable farming and its technology is accepted world-wide to enhance the vegetable production," he said........Read More
Source: Economic Times