Israel keen to boost agricultural links with Bengal: Envoy

June 18th, 2012 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) Israel is keen to boost its cooperation with West Bengal in the agriculture sector, its envoy said here Monday.

“We are very much keen to boost our agricultural cooperation here in West Bengal — from seeds and dairy to horticulture, egg, semi-arid agriculture and also to food processing,” Israeli Ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz told reporters here after a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Ushpiz said an Israeli company was also interested in a couple of water projects in the state.

“I believe that with the help of (finance) minister (Amit) Mitra in the coming months, we will be able to cement these projects,” he said.

Mitra was also present in the meeting.

Ushpiz said he came here to further strengthen the relationship between Israel and West Bengal.

It was his second visit to the state.

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