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Agricultural memo of understanding signed with Israel

COOPERATION The two governments hope that mutual progress can be made in important areas like water conservation and farm management

CNA , TAIPEI

The Council of Agriculture said yesterday that Taiwan and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation, a milestone in agricultural cooperation between the two nations.

John Deng (鄧申生), director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel-Aviv, and Ruth Kahanoff, director of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, signed the document.

The council has promoted the signing of an agricultural cooperation memorandum with Israel since 1998 and a council delegation visited Israel in 2002 to propose a draft, council officials said.

Council Vice Chairman Lee Chien-chuan (李健全) met with Israel's agriculture minister last year and both sides said they would push for the signing of the memorandum as well as cooperation channels to carry out research and exchanges on agricultural cooperation.

The officials noted that Israel has developed sophisticated water-conservation and irrigation technology, agricultural and livestock farms and greenhouse-management systems, and that the signing of the memorandum will boost bilateral cooperation.

Through research, technology exchanges and transfer, Taiwan and Israel can target such areas as irrigation, water-resource management, processing technology after harvesting, dairy products, farm management, livestock production technology, greenhouse technology, fisheries and marine aquaculture.

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