Reliance Foundation visit to Indo-Israel Center of Excellence in Karnal
Recently, a team from Reliance foundation visited Indo-Israel Centre for Excellence in Vegetables at Gharaunda near Karnal. Delegates from Embassy of Israel along with horticulture department of Haryana facilitated and demonstrated the know-how and tools which has been adaptive with the Indian conditions and already benefiting small farmers in big ways.
In last week of November, the four member team from Reliance foundation comprising of their CEO Mr. Jagannatha Kumar and program managers were shown the walk-in tunnels, insect net houses, naturally ventilated greenhouses and hi-tech nursery that have been installed here, as part of the Indo-Israel project for excellence in agriculture. The cultivation of vegetables in these protected structures and the diversified portfolio of technologies were demonstrated.
Later in an extended discussion the team showed great interest in these cost effective technologies. Speaking at the roundtable in a consensus, the team admitted, “In these protected structures, farmers will be able to grow any vegetable even in the extreme weather conditions of winter or summer, when it is not possible to grow them in the open field. Vegetables grown here do not need any spray of insecticides, and are protected from pests too. A little investment would be enough to pave way for multi-fold increase in both productivity and income.” Reliance foundation, which is primarily engaged in capacity building of small farmers, is now keen to bring farmers from their project areas to get hands on experience with these technologies.
Inputs from Mr. Akhil Choudhary, Trade Officer at Commercial Department