June 29, 2011

YEREVAN, June 29. / ARKA /. Armenia's minister of agriculture, Sergo
Karapetian, said today he plans to make a visit to Israel in November
as he met in Yerevan with Israeli ambassador to Armenia, Shmuem Meir.

According to a preliminary agreement, Sergo Karapetian will fly to
Israel to attend an international greenhouse exhibition scheduled for
November 16-17. A press release issued by the ministry of agriculture
said the two men discussed prospects for boosting Armenian-Israeli

"We can ensure high productivity in a small territory with limited
land resources only on the basis of scientific resource," Karapetian
was quoted as saying.

The two men said their countries can cooperate in exchange of
experience concerning the introduction of modern technology in
irrigation, livestock and establishment of greenhouses.

"We have many opportunities for cooperation and we must use them,"
Karapetian said underlining the importance of expanding Israeli
government-run MASHAV program.

Israel's Centre for International Cooperation (MASHAV is the Hebrew
acronym) assists countries striving to alleviate shared global problems
like hunger, disease, and poverty by means of technical training and
technology transfer needed to achieve a decent quality of life. The
ambassador said in turn Israel is open to cooperation with Armenia
in the framework of MASHAV.

The Armenian-Israeli cooperation in agriculture was started in 1993.

There is an arrangement on export of Armenian fruit concentrates to

From: Baghdasarian