Israel firms look for opportunities in Gujarat

Gandhinagar, June 9 (IANS) A business delegation from Israel is exploring opportunities for tie-ups with agro-business entrepreneurs in Gujarat, an official said Wednesday.

According to Gujarat Agro-industries Corporation Managing Director D. Thara, a 30-member delegation representing, among others, 17 companies of Israel is currently on a visit to the state to explore the possibility of business tie-ups in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, dairy sector and irrigation.

‘We have given them a list of entrepreneurs with whom they can interact,’ Thara said.

Leader of the delegation Yitzhak Kiriati said: ‘There is considerable similarity between Gujarat and Israel in terms of agro-zones and water scarcity.’

The delegation represents companies with business interests in sectors like water management and drip irrigation, agro-feed, dairy, fisheries, greenhouse, seeds and storage facility.

Israel’s consul general in Mumbai Orna Sagiv, who was present at a conference in Ahmedabad Tuesday said that her country was looking for tie-up opportunities with Indian companies in their area of agricultural excellence.

The Gujarat government gave a presentation where it put forward its objective of doubling its irrigated cropped area from the present 3.1 million hectare of a total cropped area of 10.6 million hectare.

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