IETO Participates in Model UN Conference in DPS Bengaluru

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LOOPNEWS Bangalore 29 June 2017

Delhi Public School North (DPS) Bangalore, Hosted the Model United Nations for students coming from all over the country.  The President of the Indian Economic Trade Organisation (IETO) Mr. Asif Iqbal was the guest of honour along with  Mr. Asim Anwar, IFS from the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India and Mehnaz Ansari from the Commerce and Trade Department US Embassy, New Delhi.  Principal of the School , Mrs. Manju Arif made extensive preparations to conduct the MUN successful by preparing accomodation and housing facilities to various delegates who arrived from outside the city.

A simulation of the workings of the United Nations, MUN provides a forum for the discussion of complex global issues. Participants gain an insight into geopolitical stands of nations and the workings of the United Nations by representing the policies of a chosen country, and the importance of balancing national interests over the needs of the international community. MUNing in India started in the late 90s. Now it is growing rapidly and every second school or college has a MUN society.

Students came from various districts to participate in the MUN which had various sessions like the Islamabad Protocol, Security council and other interesting areas.  The Delegation visited most of the sessions and inspected the proceedings during the 2 day event.

Said Mr. Asif Iqbal “MUN brings students closer to understanding the way proceedings are held in the UN body and it prepares them to use the bye-laws and rules to use in other areas of their lives whether board room meetings, company shareholder meetings, club and associations etc”.  He was accompanied by Mr. Hendrikus van Dord from the Indian Economic Trade Organisation (IETO).

By Staff Correspondent, Bangalore

Vegetable Success Stories using Israel Technology in Indian Farms.

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LOOPNEWS , Bangalore  3 July 2017

The success of the Gharaunda Center of Excellence, the first to be established within the framework of the Indo-Israeli cooperation agreement, serves as model for the establishment of the additional Centers. At the heart of the project lies a plant nursery which produces lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of vegetable plug seedlings annually utilizing plug-seedling technology (young plants grown in small, individual cells, ready to be transplanted into containers or a field). The seedlings include hybrid seeds of tomatoes, cherry-tomatoes, colored capsicum, cucumbers, eggplant, chili peppers, and more. Each year, several hybrid seeds of domestic and international commercial companies are tested in the Center. The nursery has the capacity to produce grafted vegetables, the latest technological advancement in the field, which allows growing vegetables in soilbourn diseased as well as those infected by nematodes (microscopic worms). Additional technologies demonstrated and available at the Center include: Protected cultivation, starting with simple solutions such as tunnels, walking tunnels, and up to advanced solutions such as net-houses, and poly-houses.

Says Mr. Asif Iqbal, President of the Indian Economic Trade Organization (IETO) “The Israeli technology they managed to increase the harvest period of various vegetables from 3 months to 9 months. They also managed to introduce in Haryana new varieties such as cherry tomato and colored capsicum. This contributed significantly to the income of the local farmers of Haryana” . Mr. Asif iqbal is also the President of the Indo-Israel Friendship Society.

Open field cultivation which includes mulching and the use of other methods of plasticulture. Computerized irrigation and fertigation (fertilizers + irrigation) technologies including utilization of green energy. Over 20,000 farmers visit the Center every year. During its first 3 years of operation, the effectiveness of the Israeli technologies became evident showcasing a dramatic 5 to 10 times increase in crops.

In addition to the increase in crops, there was a reduction of 65% of water use, as well as a noticeable decrease in the use of pesticides and fertilizers.

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HORASIS INDIA-SWISS CONFERENCE highlighted India’s growing strength.

LOOPNEWS Zurich 26 June 2017

The President of the Indian Economic Trade Organization (IETO) Mr. Asif iqbal Participated in the Horasis India Swiss Conference and gave a presentation of the things in the closing plenary session and expressed that India needs to look forward to grow at a GDP of 8% thereby gradually reach the ambitious figure of 10%.

This Conference also highlighted the need to make India a country for Education excellence, Apperentice partner and Innovation opportunity partner.  “It is indeed the need of the hour that India should bring reforms to be on the international map,  Accountability of the Bureaucratic system is most important with a proper revamping of the functioning of the Government departments and the current regime is very actively doing that” said Mr. Iqbal.  He was in the session with the President of the CII, Shobhana Kamineni who is also the CEO of Apollo Hospitals, Rahul Bajaj, NK Singh, Ram Madhav Along with the session were many other CEO’s from India who travelled to Zurich to attend this conference.