SLEDB organized a technical exposure and awareness programme in Israel from 10-15 September 2014, for a group of growers of the Sri Lanka Protected Agriculture Entrepreneurs Association in the Central province, to provide training & awareness on intensive cultivation methods of fresh fruits & vegetables , other protected agriculture systems, efficient management of water resources & soil, open field irrigation methods, post harvest handling, export packaging and marketing.
The programme was conducted with the assistance of the Honorary Consulate of the Israel, The Sri Lankan Embassy in Israel, MASHAV (Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation) and CINADCO (Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation) which is functioning under the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development in Israel.
This professional program aimed to share with the participants Israel’s approach and experience concerning the development of its horticultural sector and to create a framework for discussion and exchange of knowledge between the participants, Israeli professionals and farmers. The program also included exposure to milk and honey production, small scale agricultural entrepreneurship, a meeting with Israeli companies at the Israeli Export Institute as well as a glance to Israel's history and culture.
The six-day visit allowed participants to get acquainted with intensive and high tech horticulture production systems, post harvest and marketing management while understanding the challenges and policies of supporting institutions responsible for research, extension and plant protection & inspection services.