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New Zealand keen to have trade, agriculture ties with Punjab

Posted on Nov 28, 11:17AM | UNI

The New Zealand today expressed keen desire to set up joint ventures in Punjab in various areas of industry, agriculture and milk processing sector to become partner in the progress of Punjab.

This was conveyed by New Zealand Minister for Primary Industries David Carter who led a 22-member trade delegation to have interaction with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his Cabinet colleagues.

The Minister said that Punjab and New Zealand shared the common expertise in agriculture sector and New Zealand can coordinate with Punjab by offering it latest agriculture technology and techniques to prolong shelf life of agriculture products.

He said that Punjab had set an example before whole world by feeding the population of 120 crore of country with geographical area of 1.5 per cent of the country.

He said that Punjabis had 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 Punjabis, were contributing in every sector of economy of New Zealand.

Offering to set up 'Joint Farms' in Punjab, the New Zealand Minister said that these agriculture farms could be pilot projects to showcase the latest technology in agriculture sector.