India, NZ to strengthen farming ties

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 10:15 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IBNS) New Zealand Minister for Primary Industries, David Carter, will lead a business delegation in India this week as the relationship between the two countries continues to strengthen.

Carter will also meet with senior figures from the Indian government as negotiations for a free trade agreement between India and New Zealand progress.

"A high-quality and comprehensive free trade agreement between India and New Zealand would increase two-way trade, increase investment and encourage further collaboration in the agricultural sector," said Carter.

"New Zealand is a world-leader in agricultural and horticultural technology, and I am pleased some companies are already working with India in this space for the benefit of both our countries," he said.

New Zealand-developed innovations such as the electric fence, refrigerated shipping and rotary milking sheds have transformed global agriculture, he said.

The business delegation includes representatives from the dairy, meat, horticulture and agritech sectors.

As one of the world's leading exporters of agricultural products, technology developed in New Zealand is helping to deliver higher yields and greater consistency in farming outcomes around the globe, said the minister.

In India, 100% Pure New Zealand Apples provide some counter-seasonal apple supplies and the New Zealand apple industry is hoping to work with orchards to improve Indian supply.

Other New Zealand companies are working with Indian farmers and companies to pass on the world-leading production methods New Zealand is renowned for.

New Zealand is also known for its safe, traceable healthy foods, and has expertise in cool chain management.

Carter will be in India from Nov 25-30.

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