More than 120 enterprises from Israel and east China’s Anhui province gathered in the provincial capital Hefei Monday seeking cooperation in modern agriculture.
The Anhui-Israel meeting on modern agricultural technology cooperation was jointly launched by the Anhui Provincial Agriculture Commission, Foreign Affairs Office of Anhui Provincial Government, Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel, and Consulate General of Israel in Shanghai.
The provincial government and the Israeli agricultural administration signed the minutes of a meeting aiming to strengthen cooperation in agriculture in November 2011, heralding a new era of their partnership in that area, said Liu Weidong, deputy secretary of the provincial government.
Anhui has sent 70-plus agricultural experts to learn modern agriculture in Israel ever since, Liu added.
Anhui Agricultural University worked together with Israel partners to research into the internet of things for agriculture. Vegetable varieties jointly cultivated by Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Israel agricultural research institutes were widely grown in the province.
In addition, local companies have formed an alliance to make investment in Israel.
Rich in agricultural resources and fit for crop cultivation, fish breeding, poultry raising and food processing industries, Anhui is now at a crucial stage of transition from traditional to modern agriculture. Known for advanced agricultural technology, Israel leads the world in new variety breeding, mechanization and automation of agriculture, biotechnology and agricultural management. The two sides are greatly complementary and there are broad prospects for their cooperation, the official said.
Dr. Eyal Propper, the Consul General of Israel in Shanghai, who attended the meeting, saw the event as a new starting point for Israel-Anhui agricultural cooperation, and believed that Israeli companies could help Anhui achieve agricultural modernization.
Anhui has a large market, and "we have established partnership with a few companies in cities of Tongling and Bengbu," said an Israeli irrigation machine supplier.