After countries like Australia, Netherlands and Japan, Israel has come forth to seek the potential that lies in Andhra Pradesh. Israel has recently offered its expertise into cyber security, IT, water management, agriculture, biotechnology, pharma, and fisheries, collaborating with AP Govt. It has also showed keen interest in taking part in the development of Visakhapatnam as the future smart city and Amaravati as the new capital of the State.
Speaking to the media, Avi Friedman, Consul for Trade and Economic Affairs said that despite being small in demographic and little population with desert occupying a major portion of the country, Israel had excelled in IT, agriculture, dairy development, and water management.
“We want to go beyond diamonds and Defence collaborations. We have already signed an agreement with AP for mutual cooperation and are keen on extending our cooperation to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in rebuilding the State,” he said.
The country from West Asia has set its sights on Visakhapatnam, one of the happening cosmopolitan city of Andhra with large industrial base. Focus is also on Amaravati, the future capital that is contemplated to be built purely in state of the art international standards. Friedman pointed out that Israel saw a lot of opportunity for their country, particularly private sector for partnerships.
He also said that Israel currently has the highest per capita number of startups in the world. They had proved their expertise in homeland security, thanks to constant threats from neighboring enemies.
“Security is our topmost priority due to constant threat of attacks. IT penetration is very high and we are doing extremely well in new media,” he stated.
With 60 per cent barren land and only a few places getting annual rainfall of 700 mm, Israel has gained a global acclaim in water management and recycling of used water for agriculture and industrial use.
Stating that 4.5 per cent of their budget goes to research and development, Mr. Friedman said they were interested to offer their expertise in promoting pond fisheries in AP.
He also said that in dairy development, Israel has pioneered by using sophisticated health care and diet. Israeli cows, on an average are said to produce 11,000 to 12,000 litres per annum, giving close to 22,000 litres.