ISRAEL Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau repeated his country’s offer for a special on-the-job-training program for 540 Filipinos every year to study agriculture in Israel.

In a dinner reception hosted by the Department of Agriculture regional office on Monday, August 22, the Israeli envoy said that his government has to capacitate human resource as a key for development in many countries.

“We aim that every Filipino graduate of our program becomes quality managers and leaders in agriculture combining also the skills they learned here in the Philippines,” Matityau said.

Israel is known all over the world as producer of quality agricultural products.

As ambassador to the Philippines since 2014, Matityau cited Iloilo fresh products as having potential markets in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.

He also shared that in Israel, the government has a mandatory insurance system for farmers to provide them with compensation to their crop loss when natural calamities strike.

In the Philippines, the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp (PCIC) is at the forefront of insuring cops of farmers against calamities and other losses.

The Israeli envoy also reiterated government production subsidies to farmers and access to finance to help the Filipino farmers cope up with the needs of the industry.