Head of Victoria Labor Party Visits Western Negev R&D.
(photo credit: KKL)
Head of Victoria Labor Party Visits Western Negev R&D
"We had heard about Israel's cutting-edge agricultural innovations at the JNF Australia event in Melbourne, but there's nothing like seeing it here firsthand." The Honorable Daniel Andrews MP, who is the leader of the opposition and of the Labor Party in Victoria, Australia, was visiting the agricultural R&D station in the Besor region, which is located 3 kilometers east of the Gaza border. MP Andrews was accompanied by his wife, Catherine, his advisor Amber Setchell and KKL-JNF's Avi Gafni. There are eight R&D stations in Israel, five of them in southern Israel. The research and development stations work on finding practical solutions for agricultural issues that are commonplace for local desert farmers, as well as developing advanced production technologies and the introducing of new agricultural products. KKL-JNF, with the help of its friends worldwide, finances close to 50% of Israel’s R&D stations.
MP Andrews was very impressed with the unique agricultural technologies at work here. "Victoria is not particularly rich in natural resources, so we invest a lot in hi-tech, information technology, bio-science and intellectual resources, so I think we have a lot to learn and to share with Israel," he said.