Israeli envoy discusses water mgmt, sustainable agriculture  

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and the Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss (left) at the Negros Occidental Capitol in Bacolod City on Monday.*Richard Malihan photo 

Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss was in Bacolod City on Monday, June 3, to discuss innovations in sustainable agriculture, in particular sugar, and water management technology transfer. 

The ambassador brought in representatives from some Israeli companies that deal with fertilizer and irrigation equipment for a symposium on sustainable agriculture, Gov. Eugenio Jose   Lacson said. 

They are focusing on Negros Occidental being the sugar bowl of the country, he said. 

But there are also other industries Israel is also willing to help like in   the production of vegetables in greenhouses, he said. 

The ambassador suggested we send trainees to Israel for 11 months to learn the greenhouse technology, Lacson said. 

Lacson said he will find out if it will be feasible for Negros Occidental to send on the job trainees to enable technology transfer. 

He is thinking of organized rice associations sending   young farmers for training, Lacson said. 

Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez also said the ambassador discussed with him the sharing of technology on water management. 

The water management of Israel is one of the best in the world, Benitez said. 

The Israeli expertise could help in the water security plan of Bacolod, he said.* 

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