Israel plans agricultural centre of excellence in Bengal

Kolkata, June 13 (IANS) Israel intends to set up a centre of excellence on agriculture in West Bengal's Hooghly district, its envoy to India said Thursday.

A high-tech centre of excellence on agriculture will be set up at Adisaptagram in Hooghly district, Israeli Ambassador Alon Ushpiz said here.

"This is something that will materialise by next year," he said, talking to the media on the sidelines of an event organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Earlier in the day the envoy met state Agriculture Minister Malay Ghatak at the secretariat and held talks on the proposed centre of excellence on agriculture.

Ushpiz said Israel would also set up a business development office in Kolkata soon to explore strategic business partnership between it and the states in the eastern region.

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