Odisha is becoming a new example of how foreign policy can help achieve public policy outcomes at the ground level. To boost agricultural production and farmers’ income in Odisha, the state government plans to establish a Center for Excellence (CoE) for Mango and vegetables under the Indo-Israel Agriculture Project (IIAP) in Panikoili area of the Jajpur district.
The project’s primary objectives are to produce pest and disease-free vegetable and mango grafts, develop good agricultural practices through farmers’ training, and promote value addition, marketing, and export by developing a post-harvest handling system. IIAP is already being implemented in over 13 states in India via the Centre of Excellence (CoE). The CoE will serve as a platform to disseminate innovative agricultural technologies and knowledge from Israel, adapted to the Indian conditions. In Odisha, Jajpur will be the first district to leverage Indo-Israel partnership in agriculture to establish the Centre for Excellence for Mango and vegetables.
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