US India Global Review 2018

29 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW APRIL-JUNE 2018 GANDHINAGAR T he greetings from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 'Dhanyavad Mere Pyare Dost' to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and 'Aliechem Shalom' by Modi to his Israeli counterpart depicted the bonhomie between the two lead- ers during their visit to Gujarat on Jan. 17. While Modi expressed his dream of achieving the goal of doubling farmers' income by 2022 through Israeli technology, the Israeli Prime Minister hoped that under the able leadership of Modi, India would achieve that. Both the leaders dedicated a centre of excellence for date farm- ing at the Kukma centre in Kutch district through a digital switch, during their visit to the horticulture centre at Vadrad near Prantij. "Since the Biblical days, Israelis have been growing dates, wheat, and conventional produce. We have created new parameters in agriculture through scientific meth- ods in a desert like Israel," said Netanyahu. He expressed his delight at knowing that the farmers could increase their output through the Vadrad centre of excellence formed with Israeli help. "India and Israel both believe in the policy of knowledge is the future. India has the vision and leadership under Modi," said Netanyahu. Both lead- ers also unveiled the Memory Tower to mark 25 years of Indo- Israeli cooperation at the Vadrad centre. "Israel shows the way on how to transform a nation with the agri- culture sector at the core. As we work towards doubling farmers income by 2022, the factors such as optimum utilization of land resources, minimum wastage and India-Israel ties get fillip with Modi, Netanyahu's Gujarat visit By Amit Cowper LOOKING WEST Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their visit to the Center of Excellence on Vegetables in Vadrad, Gujarat on Jan 17, 2018. Photo: IANS