The Embassy of Israel organized the selection of 540 students for an agro-studies program in Israel at the Bulacan Agricultural State College.
Twenty-six state colleges and universities, represented by presidents and program coordinators formed a coalition at the project’s launch, led by Israel Agro Studies Program CEO Yaron Tamir. Tamir also personally saw to the selection of students for the 11-month internship.
“In those 11 months, we hope to change your lives. Our purpose is when you complete the program and return, you will be educated in Israel’s modern agriculture. In Israel, at the moment we have 1,432 students from 19 countries, 543 of them are from the Philippines,” he told the chosen students.
“I can guarantee that your life will be changed. You will become modern farmer and exporter,” he promised.
Tamir noted that the students will be exposed to Israel’s know-how and technology through export-oriented farms where they will learn important aspects such as irrigation, post-harvest and international production standards.
The Philippine-Israel coalition of advanced agro-technology aims to turn the participating universities and state colleges into lighthouse projects with demonstration units of Israeli agro-technology to extend support to farming communities.
“This internship program has been running for 10 years. Now we are talking about next steps, for the universities participating in the program to move to next level—turning the universities to lighthouse of the communities,” Israeli Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau said.
Every year, 500 Filipino agriculture students study in Israel receiving on-the-job-training, while hundreds of professionals participate in training programs in various courses, mostly on agriculture in Israel.