A new fast-growing Israeli flower was today named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a special gesture to mark the first visit of an Indian premier to the Jewish nation. Israeli Crysanthumun flower will now be called "MODI", officials here said.
"New fast-growing Israeli Crysanthumun flower named in honor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be called "MODI". Indeed, a #GrowingPartnership!," Israel's official twitter handle said in a tweet.
"Crysanthumun flower will be named in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The flower will be called 'Modi'," Office of the Prime Minister tweeted.
Earlier, Modi visited the Danziger "Dan" flower farm along with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in Mishmar Hashiva where they were briefed about the latest technologies being used for floriculture.
"Commemorating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, Danziger Flower Farm names the flower Crysanthumun as 'Modi.', on the name of Prime Minister," Press Information Bureau said in a tweet.
"A symbol of blooming In a special gesture, a new fast growing variety of chrysanthemum flower named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.
The visit to the farm highlights that one of Israel's key interests in closer cooperation with India is its expertise in agricultural technology, officials said.
The Danziger flower farm is one of Israel's leading floriculture companies with approximately 80,000 square meters of state-of-the-art greenhouses specialising in reproduction of plants.
The farm, founded in 1953, is located in Moshav Mishmar Hashiva, about 56 km from Jerusalem, in central Israel.
Danziger flower farm developed into a company of 200 employee from a small family business, growing and selling cut flowers. Today, the farm produces young plants and cuttings for the local market and for more than 60 countries all over the world.
Earlier, Modi was greeted by Netanyahu along with the top tier of Israel's leadership -- known as segel aleph -- an honour afforded to only a few select leaders like US presidents and popes.
Modi began his "path-breaking" visit to Israel with his counterpart Netanyahu extending an extraordinary welcome and asserting that "even sky is not the limit" in the cooperation between the two countries.
Modi's three-day visit to Israel is the first by an Indian prime minister to the Jewish nation.
During the visit, the two leaders will discuss common challenges like terrorism and ways to boost the economic ties. The prime minister will be in Israel till July 6 before travelling to Hamburg in Germany to attend the G-20 Summit.
(With PTI inputs)