Chandigarh: Haryana and Israel on Monday agreed to constitute working groups to further promote agricultural cooperation. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who held a meeting with Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel, Orit Noked in Tel Aviv (Israel), took this decision on Monday.

Haryana Chief Minister agreed to constitute working groups when Orit Noked suggested for it.
Hooda designated Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary Agriculture Roshan Lal as the head of Haryana's Working Group with Director General, horticulture, Dr Satyavir Singh as its member.

While discussing various issues with the Israeli Minister, Hooda sought the latest technology on water conservation, water harvesting, drip and sprinkler irrigation from Israel and asked for extended co-operation.

Hooda invited Israel to set up units in Haryana for the manufacture of plastic films or material, used in poly houses and net houses to make cheap material available to the growers.
"I would like to emphasise that since water conservation and water harvesting are areas of prime concern in the water-deficit agrarian state of Haryana, we would like to seek latest Israeli technology in these fields,” Hooda said.

The fruits for which he sought additional varieties are citrus, olives, pomegranate, mango and grapes.

Hooda also asked Israel to depute experts for vegetables to facilitate and ensure continuous technological up-gradation of various crops.