New Delhi: Two Indo-Israel Agriculture Centre of Excellence may come up in Bihar. This follows hour-long discussions Israeli ambassador Alon Ushpiz had with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Wednesday, an Israeli embassy statement said.

Accompanying the ambassador was the embassy's agriculture counsellor, Uri Rubinstein. The agricultural centres will focus on fruit and vegetable cultivation, the statement said. Nitish Kumar and Ushpiz also discussed possibilities for cooperation in water treatment, aquaculture, dairy and grain storage. Solar energy was also identified as a potential field for cooperation.  Ushpiz invited Nitish Kumar to visit Israel. Said the ambassador:

"There is no doubt that the potential for cooperation between Israel and Bihar is rich, and what we can achieve together in agriculture and water is indeed promising. "I hope that in the next couple of months we will be able to marry Israeli technologies and know-how in the fields of fruits and vegetables, dairy, crop storage and water, with the proven capabilities of the farming sector of Bihar."


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