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Minister Irimescu: Romania needs Israeli know-how in agriculture


Research, irrigation and cooperatives are three important areas of collaboration with Israel, believes Minister of Agriculture Achim Irimescu, who had a meeting on Thursday with Israel's Ambassador to Romania, Tamar Samash. 

According to a Thursday's press release from the Agriculture Ministry (MADR) , the agriculture minister expressed his intention to identify concrete ways through which Israeli know-how in these agricultural sectors could be transferred to Romania. 

In this context, the Israeli diplomat proposed granting scholarships to Romanian farming students, as well as sending experts from Israel to Romania to identify the needs in the sector, and subsequently to propose concrete solutions for cooperation. 

The Romanian agriculture minister unveiled to Ambassador Tamar Samash the project on the establishment of the corps of agricultural attaches within Romania's embassies in different countries of the European Union and in third countries, including in Israel. 

According to the Israeli official, Romania has many advantages that it must better capitalize on, such as soil quality, climatic conditions, and also agricultural products of "very good quality". In this regard, Minister Irimescu pointed that it is very important that "farmers associate in cooperatives to streamline holdings and orient them to the market." 

According to MADR, the agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of Israel for cooperation in agriculture, signed in Jerusalem on August 3, 1998, was renewed by the October 24, 2013 Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania and Israel's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.