Strategic partnership in agriculture with Israel aimed at doubling farmer incomes: Jaishankar
The only way farmer incomes can be doubled, said Jaishankar, is via technological advancements. Photograph: (Twitter)
The strategic partnerships in water and agriculture that India has entered into with Israel are aimed at doubling farmer incomes, Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar said on Wednesday.
The Modi government aims to double farmer incomes by 2022. And that, said Jaishankar, can only happen with technological advancement.
Jaishankar was speaking at a media briefing after the joint statement by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"We have announced strategic partnership in water and agriculture and we really think that it has major potential. The key point here that there is a declared goal by the government of doubling farmer incomes by 2022 and that`s only possible through technological advancement," Jaishankar said at the media briefing.
Israel has made majore advances in both water and agriculture -- a result of the terrain its farmers have had to work with.
Some of those technologies are already in use in India.
A number of Indian farms use Israeli-developed drip-irrigation systems.
But India will need many more of those, especially in areas that are rain- rather than irrigation-fed.
Sixty seven per cent of India is rain-fed.
India should also be able to make good use of the advances Israel has made in agriculture.