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India, NZ to increase mutual collaboration in agri business; MoU signed
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 08:00 IST
Our Bureau, New Delhi

India and New Zealand are set to increase mutual collaboration and partnerships in the agri business sector with the visit of David Carter, minister for primary industries, New Zealand, on the sidelines of CII Agro Tech 2012 and signing of an important MoU (memorandum of understanding).

Agro Tech 2012, the biennial agro technology and business fair, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Northern Region, entered into an MoU with agriculture show - New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays. The aim of the MoU is to share the best practices and technologies as also build agri business connections between the two countries.

Through the MoU, CII Agro Tech and Fieldays will avail reciprocal rights to attend and exhibit at each others’ agri & business shows, share intellectual property, host VIPs and delegations and promote business collaborations. The signing of MoU recognises CII’s and Fieldays’ status as leading international facilitators of agribusiness expansion and innovation.

“CII AgroTech 2012, which is India’s largest agro technology and business fair with a large domestic participation and significant international presence, including 45 foreign exhibitors from eight countries and ‘Sustainable Agriculture’ as its theme, is expected to attract 80,000 visitors including delegations from overseas. Its aim is to take the latest technology and techniques to the farmers,” states R M Khanna, past chairman, CII Northern Region.

New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays is held annually at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand. The event attracts over 120,000 visitors with 1,000 exhibitors each year, with more than 500 international visitors attending from 18 countries in 2012.

“New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays is a highlight of the international agribusiness calendar,” says Jon Calder, CEO, New Zealand National Fieldays Society. "Fieldays is continually forging and strengthening relationships with both established and developing agribusiness nations, as we look showcase the very best that New Zealand Agriculture and Agri-Business have to offer."

“New Zealand is one of the world’s leading exporters of agricultural products, and Fieldays highlights New Zealand’s cutting-edge innovation in the agricultural, agri-tech and food processing sectors,” says Richard White, New Zealand trade commissioner to New Delhi. “We look forward to seeing this exchange happen between both our nations.”



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