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Dolma GariDharamshala: The Kalon of the Central Tibetan Administration’s Home department visited Tibetan agricultural students in Israel between February 5 – 16.

Kalon Dolma Gyari, accompanied by Additional Secretary and Officer in charge of Agriculture, Chhemey Rigzen, met the 51 students participating in this year’s agricultural training and work programme organized by the Arava International Center for Agriculture Training (AICAT), as well as officials from AICAT, the Agriculture Research and Development Institute and the Israeli Tibet Friends Association.

The initiative, which has been running since 1998, enables Tibetan refugees, including qualified new arrivals, selected for their knowledge and experience of farming, to embark on a 10 month study programme, during which they have the opportunity to develop their skills through fieldwork.  To date, 606 Tibetans have participated in the programme.

Mr Rigzen said: “The visit has helped in clarifying pending matters, strengthening working relations and planning future projects.”