Israel is largely a desert nation which is why it has been forced to become an agricultural technology powerhouse: out of sheer necessity. From advanced irrigation methods to biotechnology to farming machinery and robotics, Israel is a hub of agritech innovation – and tens of thousands of visitors enjoyed a first-hand glimpse at some of the latest and most innovative developments at the Agritech 2018 conference from May 8-10. With the theme “Agriculture in arid and semi-arid regions,” this year’s event offered a global look at the challenges and solutions facing regions parched for water.

The state of Maharashtra has been in the news off late due to the increasing number of farmer suicides. It has also become a focal point to increase the incomes of the farming community in Maharashtra. These farmers can thus benefit from learning practical farming techniques from their Israeli counterparts.

In order to analyze the various solutions for the State of Maharashtra, a Ministerial delegation visited Agritech 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Mr. Pandurang Fundkar, Minister, Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Maharashtra led the delegation which also consisted of the Additional Chief Secretary of Agriculture and the Managing Director of the Maharashtra Agro Industries Development Corporation among other dignitaries.

The agenda of the delegation comprised of field visits to dairy farms, wastewater facilities and visits to various moshavs and kibbutz. They also met several Israeli agriculture companies to learn the know-how for sustainable solutions for small farmers in India at the Agritech event.

Mr. Fundkar was also invited to be a part of a closed-door meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel.

Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Horticulture of Maharashtra being presented the book “Let there be Water” by Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Uri Ariel.  The book is about how the global water crisis can be solved using Israeli technologies and techniques.

Yogita Kale; Trade Officer, Mumbai