A joint declaration 'the Indo-Israel Agricultural Cooperation Project (IIAP) entering its third phase' was signed on the sidelines of the 'Vibrant Gujarat' summit by Israel's Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir, an official statement said.
In a meeting with India's Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, the Israeli Minister reviewed the 'Joint Agriculture Project' being implementing in the country since 2008.
The two countries recognised the need to extend the existing cooperation, the statement added.
India and Israel have agreed to establish a 'joint team' to finalise the 'third phase' of the three years action plan (2015-2018) for further strengthening and widening the scope of bilateral agricultural development cooperation between the two countries, said Indian government officials.
The joint team will submit the action plan by March this year, they added.
In the first phase during 2008-10, five 'Centre of Excellence' for fruits and vegetables were set up in Haryana and Maharashtra, while in the second phase (2012-15), around 22 such centres are being established in different states.
At these centres, experts from Israel have been training Indian officers as well as farmers in nursery management, protected cultivation, post harvest management, use of poor quality water for irrigation, precision farming of micro irrigation and other best agricultural practices.
On the sidelines of summit, the Israeli Agriculture Minister met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed about strengtheing agri-cooperation between two countries. He also met India's food processing minister.