Business News of Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Source: Graphic Online
Ghana’s Ambassador to the State of Israel, Mr Ernest Lomotey, has stated that improved agricultural technology is one of its focuses for further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
He said such aspects of bilateral relations would help Ghana produce all year round and the mission was working towards establishing a convergence between Israel’s accomplishments in agriculture and Ghana’s desire to expand productivity in this sector.
Mr Lomotey said Israel was known for its agricultural technology with half of all its agricultural land irrigated. “Israel has the highest proportion of agricultural land under irrigation worldwide which is a very remarkable success worth learning from.”
Ambassador Lomotey said Israel had a developed computer-controlled drip irrigation system that saved huge quantities of water and also provided for the ability to supply fertilisers with irrigation (fertigation).
“Acquiring such technology in Ghana will increase productivity and enhance the performance of the agricultural sector which remains a priority in Ghana,” he said.
The envoy said in that regard, the mission was collaborating with Israeli institutions to facilitate the participation of officials from Ghana in Israel’s Agritech fairs and exhibitions this year.
The entire State of Israel, with land space of 22,145km2, more than half of which is desert, has performed better than many countries with bigger arable land.