The New Zealand government today evinced interest in setting up joint ventures with Punjab government in the fields of agriculture and milk processing by offering technical know-how in these segments.

Leading a 22-member delegation, New Zealand Minister for Primary Industries David Carter also offered to set up joint farms in Punjab which would be pilot projects to showcase country’s latest technology in farm sector.

The Minister today held discussion with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal here today in this regard, an official spokesman said here.

New Zealand Minister said Punjab and his country share common expertise in agriculture sector while New Zealand can offer it latest agriculture technology and techniques to prolong shelf life of farm products.

He said that people from Punjab have a credible contribution in the development of New Zealand and out of 4.4 million population of New Zealand, over 1.2 lakh Indian pre-dominantly from Punjab are contributing in every sector of economy.

He said New Zealand is focusing on increasing productivity and profitability to make the farm sector self-sustaining.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister sought technical know-how from New Zealand in milk chilling and milk processing sector.

Badal said Punjab has the second largest milk cooperative in the country that was operating with the most modern technology.

He said the cooperatives of New Zealand and Punjab can work collectively to set up joint ventures in such sectors and offer latest dairy products to the world market.

Deputy Chief Minister said the state was also open to private dairy processing units of New Zealand setting up their ventures in Punjab.

Meanwhile, CII Agro—Tech entered into an MoU with New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays’ —— a farm show in the southern hemisphere.

(This article was published on November 27, 2012)
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