24 May 2017 - 28 Iyyar 5777 - כ"ח אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Cambodia to establish advanced agricultural training centre E-mail

Cambodia’s Agriculture Ministry has announced that it plans to establish an advanced agriculture training centre in Kompong Speu province funded by Israel, with model farms for Cambodian students to study the latest techniques, officials said.

According to the Cambodia Daily, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said the plan was initiated by Yaron Tamir, the CEO of Israel’s Agrostudies Program, during a meeting in March.

Cambodia has a long history of sending agriculture students to Israel, which is considered a world leader in agricultural technologies. Now, with a specialist Israel-backed centre in Cambodia, it is hoped that the students will be able to continue with advanced studies upon their return home.

Minister Sakhon said the Prek Leap National College of Agriculture has 20 hectares of land in Kompong Speu province’s Thpong district that could be suitable for the centre. “Our agro-technology is still low. So we need to learn from Israel,” Sakhon said. “This is a good chance for our students to learn advanced agriculture technology and exchange experiences in agriculture.”

The price and construction timeline remained unknown, he said, adding that the plan is still in the study stage. He said that Israeli experts would be invited to the centre to provide training to the students.

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Water Management seminar held in Myanmar E-mail

Two renowned Israeli experts from MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, conducted a course and workshop on “Water Management Training” in March, sharing Israel’s knowledge and experience in this field with Myanmar.

As part of the bilateral cooperation between Myanmar and Israel regarding training activities in agriculture, water management and other sectors, Shlomo Kramer and Yoram Eisenstadt held a series of workshops from 20 to 31 March at the Yezin Agricultural University.

The programme was also a collaborative effort between MASHAV, JICA (the Japan International Cooperation Agency), the Embassy of Israel in Myanmar and Yezin Agricultural University (Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation).

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Vietnam garden has Israeli roots E-mail

Dinh Huy Hoang, aged 24, majored in crop science at the agro-forestry faculty of the Central Highlands University, Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, Vietnam.

During his sophomore year, he heard about an agriculture course opening in Israel, applied and got in. “A trip to Israel, a country with advanced agriculture, was a dream of mine for a long time. So when the chance came up, I decided to temporarily halt my study in Vietnam to go learn something new,” he told a local Vietnamese website.

“Vegetables are grown on vast tracts of land, stretching over thousands of hectares, but are all under the roof of greenhouses and domes,” Hoang said.

This is in stark contrast to the small-scale agriculture in Vietnam, where a field of less than two hectares is considered large enough. But the most “mystifying” part for Hoang and other Vietnamese students taking part in the course was that despite the extreme weather conditions in Israel, where temperatures in some parts go as high as 50 degrees in summer, “the vegetables and plants all look fresh and have a healthy green colour.”

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Israel’s economy ranked world’s third-most-stable in 2016 E-mail

A nearly non-existent inflation rate and low unemployment have helped propel Israel to the number-three spot on a list of the world’s most stable and promising economies for 2016 published by the Bloomberg financial news agency.

The list named Hong Kong as the most stable economy in 2016. Rounding out the top 10 in the rankings were, in order, South Korea, Israel, Denmark, Taiwan, Iceland, Japan, Switzerland, Singapore and Thailand.

The countries ranked lowest for stability in 2016 included Croatia, Colombia, Uruguay, Brazil, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine, Turkey, Greece, Argentina and South Africa. The country whose economy was rated lowest for 2016 was Venezuela, despite its rich oil resources.

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visits Vietnam E-mail

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin landed in Vietnam on 20 March for a one-week official visit. He was welcomed by his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the presidential palace in Hanoi. “[It’s] very good to be in Vietnam,” Rivlin said as he got off the plane along with his wife Nechama.

Rivlin remained in the country until 25 March, seeking to strengthen Israel’s relations with the Asian country. “We consider Vietnam a leading country in the Asian sphere,” Rivlin said in a recorded message he posted on his Facebook page before leaving Israel. “Economic and security co-operation between us will advance the wealth and growth of both the countries and contribute to the stability of both of the regions.”

During the visit, President Rivlin had talks with his counterpart Tran Dai Quang and met with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung, the Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong and the media.

In discussing how the country will co-operate in future, the leaders agreed to focus on the economy and to turn sciencetechnology into a prioritised pillar of their initiatives. They had similar views on the need to boost trade to US$3 billion in the next few years. President Rivlin also pledged to assist Vietnam to detoxify areas that had been contaminated by Agent Orange.

The two sides also discussed ways to enhance ties in security-defence, culture, education-training and tourism, and locality-to-locality co-operation.

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