(MASHAV is the Hebrew acronym for the Center for International Cooperation in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Under the trilateral agreement on agriculture (Denmark, Israel, Egypt) a study tour was conducted in Egypt for the first time (in March) for Israeli experts instructing trainees there, in coordination with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture.
At the end of March, a mission from the Egyptian National Library of Agriculture visited Israel as guests of Mashav, to familiarize itself with the latest technologies and study possibilities of joining agricultural libraries in Israel.
This is a project which will focus on developing about 20 family farms in the Nuberia district, serving as models of farms linked to support and marketing systems. The project will be managed by a long-term Mashav expert.
Developing water resources. Mashav responded to the request of the Counsellor of Egypt's Minister of Agriculture to aid in dispatching a hydrologist to examine water resources and their qulity in an area of 12,000 "fidans" in the Nuberia region. These are plots of land owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and meant to be sold to people in the business sector.
Setting up model plots at the training center in Maryut: A professional proposal has been prepared and confirmed by the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture to establish an irrigation system in the area. The preparations for setting it up are approaching completion.
An agricultural farm at Nubaseid: Mashav will complete the acquisition of Israeli equipemtn to the value of $120,000 to construct the nursery. A nursery expert will be dispatched to the area in May to continue the operation.
At the beginning of March, 13 military doctors arrived from the King Hussein Hospital and the Queen Aliya Hospital, for an international congress on emergency medicine. The mission came as the guests of the Israeli Foreign Ministry (Mashav and the Jordanian Affairs Division) and of the Israeli Defense Forces.
The chairman of the organization visited Israel in mid-April as the guest of Mashav. She visited similar institutions in Israel and plans were draft to continue the cooperation.
(A) Between March 16 and 19, there was a meeting of "Women in Agriculture" held in Ramallah.As part of the activity of the Netherlands-Israel Research Program, set up in 1992 under an agreement between the two governments, a meeting was held toward the end of April with research personnel in Amman, in order to advance joint research activity.
(B) A meeting of the Technical Committee (March 22-24) on "Dealing with Produce and Marketing" was held in Amman.