20 March 2019 - 14 Adar II 5779 - י"ד אדר ב' ה' אלפים תשע"ט
TAU collaborates on new Indian centre for agriculture E-mail

In yet another development in Asia for Tel Aviv University (TAU), the university has announced a collaboration with the Indian philanthropic organisation Tata Trusts to launch a new Indian Centre for Agri and Allied Tech (ICAT) that will bring Israeli know-how and innovation to the farmers of the state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

The initiative, supported by the government of Andhra Pradesh, will include an advanced R&D centre, as well as activities of agricultural experts in villages and farms with the aim of overcoming various technological, agronomic and economic barriers, and promoting sustainable agriculture and food security. In future, the programme is set to expand across the whole country.

TAU’s Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges will offer its expertise to a joint TAU-Tata steering committee, collaborating with experts from both Israel and India in order to identify problems in rural India and find potential solutions in Israel.

As part of the programme, experts, corporations and research institutes in Israel will adapt existing technologies and develop new solutions to meet the needs of Indian agriculture. The central R&D hub in Andhra Pradesh will test the various solutions under local conditions while training local workers to operate the new technologies.

Additionally, a network of satellite farms will conduct further experiments and supply farmers with guidance and various services. Farmers in each of the hundreds of villages throughout the state will implement and test the new technologies in their own fields, and business models will be developed to support wide diffusion of the innovative solutions among the broader farming population. This initiative marks the fruits of the university’s growing relationship with India in recent years.

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