The Center of Excellence for Vegetables, an Indo-Israel agriculture project

The Center of Excellence for Vegetables (CEV), an Indo-Israel Agricultural Project in Gharaunda, Haryana, is paving the way for the future of horticulture and perhaps agriculture as a whole in India. The center demonstrates soilless seedling production systems, naturally ventilated poly houses, micro irrigation, fertilization systems, good agriculture practices, and organic farming at the Indo-Israel Village of Excellence.

Dr. Sudhir Kumar Yadav, the Deputy Director of Horticulture, CEV (IIAP) Department of Horticulture, Haryana, explains the details of the project under which the CEV was built. The project got approval in 2009, and in the next two years, the CEV was inaugurated, with the total cost of the project being Rs 6 crore.

The objectives of the CEV in Gharaunda are to demonstrate the protected cultivation technology of high-value vegetables so farmers can see the result for themselves and be motivated to try the latest technologies available. Among these said latest technologies is micro-irrigation with different systems installed to produce high-quality, disease-free, healthy seedlings in the soil. The project's vision also includes demonstrating the technical know-how and training the farmers to boost crop productivity and, ultimately, the farmers' income.

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