Israel Ambassador attends Kigali Agricultural show 2017

Mrs. Belaynesh Zevadia, the Ambassador of the State of Israel (Photo/Courtesy)

Mrs. Belaynesh Zevadia, the Ambassador of the State of Israel takes part in the Kigali Agricultural Show 2017, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, which will take place from 22- 27 June 2017 at Mulindi Show Ground, Kigali.

The 12th national agricultural show is under the theme “Adopt climate resilient technologies to improve farmer livelihoods”, an annual event organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

Adaptation of Africa Agriculture (AAA) members in and around Rwanda will participate in this platform that brings exhibitors and visitors together to exchange information, experiences and identify business opportunities.

Ambassador Belaynesh will share Israel’s experience in advanced industry in agricultural technologies.

Since Israel’s early days, the country’s agriculture sector has been forced to provide its citizenry with advanced solutions.

Situated in one of the world’s most arid regions, it was Israel that pioneered and led the concepts of drip irrigation, recycling, purifying and reuse of wastewater for agriculture purposes.

Agriculture in Israel is a highly developed industry. Israel is a major exporter of fresh produce and a world-leader in agricultural technologies despite the fact that more than half of its land area is desert, and the climate and lack of water resources do not favor farming.

Only 20% of the land area is naturally arable. Israel’s own development experience enables it to design comprehensive and integrative programs for both urban and rural settings, which are of critical concern to developing countries.

It is with this sprit that, in 2014 the Rwanda Israel Center of Horticultural Excellence was established by MASHAV (the Hebrew acronym for Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation).

The center will put special emphasis on building local capacities in agriculture and agricultural entrepreneurship, and will conduct applied agricultural R&D in order to adapt Israeli agricultural experience, technologies and innovations to local needs, serving all stakeholders in the horticultural sector, from small-holders to large commercial farmers.

While Israel operates tri-lateral agricultural training centers in many African countries, the Rwandan site will be MASHAV’s biggest and first bilateral official Center of Excellence in Africa.

Rene Anthere Rwanyange

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