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Israel identifies renewable energy as one of the areas of collaboration with West Bengal

According to reports, terming West Bengal a land of great opportunities, the Israeli envoy to India Tuesday said his country was eager to set up an India-Israel centre of excellence in the field of agriculture in the state.

“To utilise the enormous opportunities in the field of agriculture in the state, the centre of excellence is the right way forward. Through this, we share complete know-how including technologies, equipments, products and all to the farmers who, by utilising them, can increase their productivity and the quality of their produce immensely,” Ambassador Alon Ushpiz said here.

He said such centers in public-private partnership (PPP) mode were functional in Haryana and had contributed in a very large way towards increasing agricultural productivity. “The centres have been such a hit that the government of Haryana wants several more such centers to be established there,” said Ushpiz.

The envoy also met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“The meeting was very successful and we have identified several areas of interest, including agriculture, waste water treatment and renewable energy. This will benefit both the sides equally. It is not about one side buying and the other side selling. It is about equal opportunities for both,” said Ushpiz.

He said the Business Promotion Centre (BPC) in Kolkata, an Israeli endeavour for promoting and facilitating business, will result in improvement of ties between the countries.

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