On New Delhi, May 27, 2013 IANS a Kosher compliant news agency produced a puff piece called Israel to help India diversify fruit, vegetable crops IANS(India Abroad News Service) by a journalist named Gyanendra Kumar Keshri See
Indias leading news papers like the Indian Express and the Hindu carried the puff piece
Israel will offer technology and know-how to India to diversify its fruit and vegetable crops and raise their yield, senior Israeli officials has said.New Delhi will also get help to set up –28 CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE —- in 10 states over the next three years.
“We are providing technologies and know-how. Our focus is on training the trainers,” Daniel Carmon, head of Mashav, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, said.Mr. Carmon said Israel will help set up 28 centres of excellence in 10 states, of which eight are likely to be functional by the end of 2013. Each centre will be focussed on specific fruit and vegetable crops.
Israel is a world leader in agriculture technologies. Despite limited water resources and a difficult environment, the yield per acre of most of the farm products in that country is among the highest in the world.Mr. Carmon said yield can rise manifold in India with the help of generic Israeli technologies and agricultural techniques.
“We congratulate India on being self-sufficient in food. Feeding 1.2 billion people is not an easy task. But with improvement in technology, a lot more can be achieved,” he said.Mr. Carmon said Israel would also offer help in increasing milk output in India. Average milk output per cow in Israel is around 12,000 litres, the highest in the world.
According to Uri Rubinstien, counsellor for international cooperation (Mashav), science and agriculture, at the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, Israel is providing seeds and technologies to help grow new variety of vegetables and fruits like capsicum, cucumber, mango, dates and herbs.“We will be introducing a variety of coloured capsicum and a new variety of cucumber and other vegetables,” Mr. Rubinstien said.Most vegetable and fruit crops in India are seasonal and have short life span. “Increasing the life span will boost output and earnings to farmers,” Mr. Rubinstien said.
One centre of excellence, to focus on orchards, was recently inaugurated in Haryana’s Sirsa district. Also in Haryana, another centre is proposed to be set up near Karnal, focussed on vegetables.
Mr. Carmon said two centres were functional in Maharashtra and would be formally inaugurated soon. Other states where the centres would be located include Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat and Karnataka.Agriculture cooperation projects are also planned to be set up in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
Mr. Rubinstien said Israeli technologies and know-how would play a significant role in the second green revolution in India.“Now India needs to focus on increasing the production of healthy food like vegetables, fruits and milk. We have proven technology and would like India to benefit from it
NOW LETS SEE WHAT HARETZ ISRAELS LEADING NEWPAPER SAYS ON FOOD AND FOOD PRICES IN ISRAEL
1 NET IMPORTER Israel is a NET IMPORTER of food like wheat (80 percent) Despite all the fancy techniques supposedly used the Israelis dont produce enough food for their own population. Total food imports are valued at $4.3 billion a year food exports at 1 billion $. For a detailed breakdown see http://www.tradingeconomics.com/israel/food-imports-percent-of-merchandise-imports-wb-data.html
2 EXPENSIVE FOOD An analysis conducted by the Knesset’s Research and Information Center three months ago revealed thelarge differences in food prices between Israel and the rest of the world. In some areas, they reach 50% or more – and not to Israelis’ benefit.On AVERAGE, Israeli food prices were found to be 20% to 25% higher.
3 CONCENTRATION OF PRODUCTION An analysis of the causes for the discrepancies showed the main reason to be the large concentration of power in the Israeli food sector, starting with the planning of the food sector – especially in eggs and dairy products – and in the small number of huge food manufacturers, each of which enjoys complete, or almost complete, control in specific food categories.For example, the top three dairy food manufacturers hold a 90% share of the dairy market, compared to only 27% in the United States and 15% in Britain. The “higest” yields of milk and vegetables and fruits they keep talking off are due to high spending on production techniques by Monopolistic companies
India is the largest producer of milk the third or fourth largest producer of fruits and vegetables We dont need non functional methods of production that are absolutely unworkable here The fruits and vegetables produced in Israel are not produced and consumed in India in large amounts The “Centers of excellence ” allow members to roam unimpeded all over the countryside while Chabad houses are in urban centers
ADD THE 28 “CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ” TO THE 25-30 ODD CHABAD HOUSES () AND YOU HAVE 50 ODD SAFE HOUSES FOR MOSSAD