23 Sep

Israeli firms eye olive farming in Maharashtra, India

Israeli businessmen see Maharashtra as a destination for olive farming and want nearly 2,000 hectares of wasteland for starting up olive farming in the Maharashtra.

A delegation of businessmen led by Israeli consul general (commercial) Daniel Zohar Zoshine met state revenue minister Narayan Rane and made a request to provide nearly 2,000 hectares of wasteland to Israeli firms.

Speaking to reporters here, Rane said, “Israeli companies see climatic conditions in India especially in Maharashtra favo-urable for olive farming. Olive oil is used for cooking in the Western and West Asian countries.”

They have shown a willingness to enter into a revenue-sharing arrange-ment with the state government for the purpose. We have asked them to submit formal proposal in this regard, he said.

Besides this a delegation of some European companies also met Rane who want land in Maharashtra for potato farming.

They will be using this potatoes for producing film from potato starch which is alternative to polythene films which are used in as a packaging material.

The film produced from potatoes are biodegradable.These companies also have been asked to give a formal proposal, the minister said.

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