Israeli business is considering the possibility of participating in a national project for the development of land irrigation in the southern regions of Ukraine.
This was discussed during the meeting of the Ambassador of Ukraine to the State of Israel Yevgeny Korniychuk with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the State of Israel, Minister of Development of the Periphery, Negev and Galilee Oded Forer.
The Ambassador of Ukraine stressed that Ukraine considers cooperation with Israel in the agricultural sphere as a priority direction of Ukrainian-Israeli relations, the embassy said in a statement.
The interlocutors noted the importance of further implementation of the bilateral intergovernmental Free Trade Agreement, which entered into force on January 1, 2021, to increase trade between countries in the context of a pandemic.
The Israeli side was informed about the intentions of the Ukrainian government to start a national project for irrigation of lands with a total area of more than 2 million hectares in the southern regions of Ukraine (Odessa, Kherson, Nikolaev regions) and invited to participate in this project.
The Minister noted that such a project is of significant interest to Israeli business and proposed to consider the possibility of Israel’s participation in it within the framework of the current bilateral agreement on cooperation in the field of agriculture.
The parties also discussed the prospects for attracting Israeli investments in dairy production and animal husbandry, the possibility of cooperation in the construction and modernization of large dairy farms in Ukraine.