A delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, led by Minister Oded Forer, today (Monday) signed a cooperation agreement in the field of aquaculture with the University of Maryland and its marine research institute in Baltimore. The agreement is based on years of joint work between researchers from Israel and researchers from the university, led by Professor Jonathan Zohar, who only recently completed his role as head of the Institute of Marine Biotechnology at the University of Maryland.
As part of the agreement, it was decided to increase cooperation between the institutions in Israel and the United States"In order to promote innovative solutions to the challenges facing this industry, in the shadow of the global climate crisis, and with the reduction of sources of marine production and the constant growth of the world population. According to the agreement, Israel has unique experience in the field, from which the seafood industry can learn and develop significantly. This, among other things, in light of useful solutions in promoting agriculture in extreme weather conditions.
In light of the importance of the field in favor of maintaining a regular food supply in Israel (food security) in Israel, USA"In and around the world, the agreement focuses on finding ways to make aquaculture, more efficient and sustainable, alongside the development of systems "Zero waste", Improving fish health and optimizing growing conditions.
Aquaculture is the fastest growing agricultural industry. Today, the production of fish in artificial ponds and fish cages at sea, has become a prolific industry that yields more produce than traditional fishing. At the same time, in order to continue to meet the demand for food from the sea, it is necessary to double production by 2030.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Oded Forer, added: "The Ministry of Agriculture, headed by me, aims to promote Israeli growers and researchers around the world, in order to rebrand Israel as an agricultural power, and to develop Israeli exports, both of fresh produce and of knowledge and research. Food security is a sacred goal in the reality of an ongoing ecological crisis. The State of Israel has unique knowledge in all branches of agriculture, and certainly in marine industries, and has the power to lead innovation and development for the benefit of food security not only in the local arena, but worldwide.".