Tariq Anwar meets Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger
New Delhi, Feb 5 : Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Tariq Anwar today met visiting Premier of Canada's Manitoba Province, Greg Selinger, and expressed India's willingness for an enduring collaboration with Canada in all spheres of agriculture.
While welcoming the delegation from Manitoba here, Anwar said that during 2011-12, India's agricultural exports to Canada were USD 282.10 million. India's principal agricultural exports to Canada are frozen shrimps and prawns, cashew nuts, rice, thickeners, cucumber and gherkins. The major item of export from Canada is pulses, of which a large percentage is sourced from Manitoba.
He added that in order to facilitate India-Canada bilateral trade and investment, an India-Canada CEOs forum has been set up and expressed the hope that Manitoba will take advantage of this Forum to enhance economic engagement with India.
India and Canada signed an MOU for cooperation in agriculture and allied sectors in 2009. Since then, two meetings of the Working Groups have been held and Work Plans have been finalised.
Anwar further said that Manitoba has vast competence in the field of food processing. India would be benefitted from their expertise in this area. Also Food Development Centre, Manitoba is in touch with Government of Bihar for establishing a Food Development Centre in Bihar.
The Minister further said that joint research activities could be a useful area for cooperation where Manitoba could take advantage of the agro-ecological diversity of India and the plethora of young scientists and students in National Agricultural Research System.