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The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Hon. Inia Seruiratu last week led a Government delegation to the 20th Agricultural Technology (Agritech) Exhibition and Conference held in Israel.

Hon. Seruiratu also had bilateral meetings with Israel’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Uri Ariel HaCohen, Israel’s Ambassador to Australia His Excellency Yeron, and the Head of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Agency for International Development Co-operation (MASHAV), His Excellency Ambassador Gil Haskel.

Hon. Uri HaCohen welcomed the Fijian delegation to the 20th Israel Agritech Exhibition and Conference and acknowledged both countries long and favourable diplomatic relationship since 1970.

He specifically acknowledged Fiji’s contribution under the peace keeping missions especially in the Golan Heights, Sinai, Lebanon, Syria and in other Middle-Eastern Countries.

H.E Ambassador Haskel, stated that MASHAV was prepared to expand its activities in Fiji and would be on hand to further assist Fiji in the areas of agriculture training, irrigation, research and livestock, especially in the dairy industry together with horticulture and tropical fruits like mango, avocado and banana.

Minister Seruiratu was informed on MASHAV’s offering of fifteen (15) places for agricultural students in Fiji to be trained in Israel. The training includes one day frontal training, lecture and tutorial and five days practical training, where students would be accommodated and working with an agriculturalist-farmer.  The duration of the proposed training would be eleven months and would be offered to final year agricultural students.

Hon. Seruiratu acknowledged the State of Israel for the invitation and commended the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the excellent hosting of Israel’s 20th Agritech Exhibition and Conference.

He also conveyed the Fijian government’s greetings and best wishes to the State of Israel in commemorating its 70th anniversary of independence as a state since 1948.

Hon. Seruiratu commended the agricultural training offered by MASHAV as it would provide the ideal opportunity for the country’s agriculture students to gain knowledge through training and tutelage under Israel’s agriculturist-farmers in order to adapt best agriculture practices for Fiji.

“Israel sets the standard in agriculture development and technology and as a developing nation, Fiji looks up to Israel, in this case to gain best agricultural practices and knowhow.”

Hon. Seruiratu was accompanied by Fiji’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, His Excellency Mosese Tikoitoga, Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Mr. David Kolitagane, Director Research Dr. Apaitia Macanawai and the Senior Economist of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Osea Ratuyawa.

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