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Hebrew University Hosts Germany's Federal Minister of Nutrition and Agriculture

23/03/2017

Committed to cooperation with Israel; Ministries of Agriculture to identify and develop joint topics of interest

Hebrew University's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment hosted a visit by Germany's Federal Minister of Nutrition and Agriculture, The Honorable Mr. Hans Christian Friedrich Schmidt.

In meetings with scientists from the Department of Soil and Water Science, the Institute of Plant Science & Genetics in Agriculture, and the I-CORE High-Throughput Physiological Greenhouse on campus, the Minister learned about projects funded by the German Ministry of Nutrition and Agriculture, and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Minister Schmidt announced that his Ministry is committed to cooperation with Israel and that both Ministries of Agriculture will now identify and develop joint topics of interest, for example in such fields as veterinary medicine, food security and food safety, plant production and use of soil. Minister Schmidt also expressed interest in possible formats of regional cooperation.

The Minister was accompanied by the Director General of the Ministry, Dr. Josef Jeub, as well as the Deputy Director General, Martin Köhler, the Vice-President of the German farmer`s Association, Erwin Heinrich Werner Hilse, and the Vice-President of the Julius Kühne Institute, Prof. Frank Ordon.

The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment is the only institute of higher education in Israel offering university degrees in agriculture, and is also home to the only Schools of Nutritional Sciences and of Veterinary Medicine. Established in 1942 as the Institute for Agricultural Sciences with 21 masters students, the Faculty today has a student body of 2,300 students. Research at the Faculty has improved and increased yields of fruits, vegetables, grain crops, flowers and cotton; helped overcome problems of pest damage and soil contamination; led to the most efficient use of water for agriculture; produced ground-breaking innovations in irrigation techniques; helped develop Israel's annual flower export from almost nil in the 1960's, to its current status as one of the largest exporters of flowers in the world, and much more. For more information, visit http://www.agri.huji.ac.il/english.

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Hebrew University Hosts Germany's Federal Minister of Nutrition and Agriculture