Ag roundtable looks at Sask.-Israel collaboration

agriculture_isrWhen looking to collaborate with company officials and academics from around the world, it’s a good idea to work with the best in their fields, says Jerome Konecsni, president and CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan.

So when it comes to the ag-biotech sector, Saskatchewan and Israel are a natural fit. Israel’s knowledge and innovation in agriculture and irrigation is world-renowned, Konecsni said.

“Israel is almost self-sufficient in food and they are living in a desert.”

To help foster that relationship, Innovation Saskatchewan, the Canada-Israel Industrial R & D Foundation (CIIRDF) and the Embassy of Israel in Canada co-hosted the first Saskatchewan-Israel Agritech Roundtable event in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

The roundtable brought together a delegation of 10 Israeli technology companies and scientists, and leaders from more than 30 innovation-based organizations across Saskatchewan.

It is the first milestone of the new Saskatchewan-Israel R & D Collaboration Program that was signed last year. The program’s aim is to facilitate bilateral research that increases the research and technology development capabilities of Saskatchewan and Israel in plant and seed biology, digital agriculture and soil science.