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Israel’s dev’t arm turns over new agriculture tech to Tarlac university

The development arm of Israel has turned over an automated drip system to the Sustainable Mechanized Agriculture for Research and Technology (SMART) Agriculture Center of Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU), officials said.

The P670,000 worth project was funded by MASHAV, Israel’s official international development cooperation program, according to a Philippine Information Agency report.

Israeli Ambassador Ilan Fluss said in the report that the partnership with TAU aims to assist students and professionals in implementing research-based agricultural projects which can be replicated by local farmers and the community.

“Let us work together in uplifting farmers and introducing better practices to increase farmers’ production and income,” he was quoted as telling the TAU community.

MASHAV offers training, internship programs and fundings to augment existing projects, and capacitate individuals in various fields including agriculture, the report said.

TAU President Max Guillermo commended the government of Israel for its support in modernizing the country’s agricultural landscape through MASHAV.

Guillermo noted that the collaboration between the two nations “can prepare and encourage more young Filipinos to venture in agriculture.”