Indian, Israeli companies eye opportunities in Davao

Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ian Fluss proposes a toast as he graces the opening of the Davao Agri Trade Expo 2022 at SM Lanang Premier's SMX Convention Center on Thursday. A number of companies from Israel take part during the two-day agri event. Edge Davao
Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ian Fluss proposes a toast as he graces the opening of the Davao Agri Trade Expo 2022 at SM Lanang Premier's SMX Convention Center on Thursday. A number of companies from Israel take part during the two-day agri event. Edge Davao

What is the common denominator of India and Israel? They are both agricultural powerhouse.

India is the world’s largest producer of milk, pulses, and spices, and has the world’s largest cattle herd (buffaloes), as well as the largest area under wheat, rice and cotton. It is the second largest producer of rice, wheat, cotton, sugarcane, farmed fish, sheep and goat meat, fruit, vegetables and tea.

Israel, on the other hand, has emerged as a global leader in agriculture and water management.

Consider Davao City to be fortunate that these countries came to show their technologies in the ongoing Davao Agri Trade Expo 2022 (DATE) which was opened on Thursday at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier.

Five Israeli companies engaged in irrigation, technology, and fruits set up booths to display their products.

“It’s a spectrum of companies presenting different solutions. So what we are going today, we will be having an exhibition here with the five Israeli companies that will be promoting their technologies, practices, and looking for opportunities to engage in the Philippines,” said Israeli Ambassador Ilan Fluss in an interview.

Fluss also invited Filipinos to come to Israel for the Agritech Israel, the 21st International Agricultural Exhibition in the field of agricultural technologies

“We are looking forward to the new opportunities and cooperation,” he said.

Meanwhile, six Indian companies also set up their booths and a pavilion showcasing agricultural solutions.

Nishikant Singh, firs secretary (economic and commerce) of the Embassy of India, said there is one participating company that is looking for a partner to connect and grow their business.

“The Philippine can learn a lot from India as we have revolutionized and transform the agriculture value chain,” he said.

The participating companies from India and Israel will join in the B2B (business matching) activity to be facilitated by the Bureau of Investments (Bo) and the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (DCCCII), which is among the highlights of DATE 2022.

This year’s DATE aims to encourage local agri entrepreneurs to adopt new farming techniques and technologies to increase farm productivity, ensure sustainability, and become more competitive in the global market.

DATE 2022 carries the theme “Innovative Agribusiness: Achieving Productivity and Sustainability for Food Security.”

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