Hyderabad: India and Israel are set to work together in as many as 20 agriculture and water-related projects by creating Centers of Excellence (CoEs) across the country, Israel's Ambassador Alon Ushpiz said.
"We finished the first one (CoE) about a year ago and it is focused on vegetables. Probably in a month we are going to inaugurate the second one in Sirsa, Haryana, which is focused on fruits. At the end of the day we are speaking of more than 20 projects and many of them (through) CoEs," Ushpiz said.
Both the governments are planning to create a fund dedicated to agricultural co-operation with a contribution of USD 25 million each, Israel's Agriculture Minister Orit Noked had said earlier.
"India and Israel have identified a number of fields for potential collaboration, including dairy production, post- harvest technologies, micro-irrigation and food processing," Ushpiz said.
To a query on the Free Trade Agreement with India, the diplomat said it is expected to be signed by the end of 2012. "I think it will take an additional couple of rounds (for signing the FTA). The issues are complicated and we will have to discuss all the issues."
Last year, the trade between India and Israel stood at USD 4.7 billion.