Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

31 August 2014

Malawi to Learn From Israel Irrigation - Chilima

Malawi's Vice President Saulos Chilima says Malawi will learn a lot from Israel during his visit to the country especially in the area of irrigation technology.

The Vice President was briefing the media at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe before he departed for a three-day official visit to Israel.

"As you know Israel is mostly a desert with scarce water resource, but through irrigation, the country is able to feed itself and also export farm produce which earns them over US$2billion annually.

"Malawi has also had so many challenges making clean water accessible to the masses in spite of the abundant fresh water sources an area where Israel has also excelled in spite of scarce water resource.

We feel Malawi can also learn a lot from their water technology," said Chilima.

He said the knowledge acquired from the trip would also help making the Green Belt Initiative successful.

The vice president is leading a team of local water and agricultural experts on a fact finding mission to Israel on how irrigation can be developed and fully utilized in the country according to press statement made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana).

He is also expected to meet the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin according to the statement.

The statement further says the vice president will also attend the graduation ceremony of 29 Malawian students who have been studying high value horticulture and Irrigation at the Agro-Studies Division of Tel Aviv University.

Malawi has had diplomatic relations with Israel since 1964.

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