CII signs MOU with New Zealand’s largest agriculture show
CHANDIGARH: With the visit of David Carter, minister of primary industries, New Zealand, both India and New Zealand are set to increase the mutual collaboration and partnership in the agribusiness sector.
India’s premier Biennial Agro Technology and Business Fair ‘Agro Tech 2012’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry ( CII) Northern Region on Tuesday entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the largest agriculture show in the Southern Hemisphere - ‘New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays’, in Chandigarh. Vibha Malhotra, Director, CII NR and Jon Calder, CEO, New Zealand, National Fieldays Society signed the MOU. Also present on the occasion was Adaish Partap Singh Kairon, minister of IT, Food and civil supplies and food processing, government of Punjab.
Through the MoU, CII Agro Tech and Fieldays would supply exchangeable rights to attend and exhibit at each others’ agri and business shows, share intellectual property, host VIPs and delegations and promote business collaborations.
The signing of MoU recognised CII’s and Fieldays’ status as leading international facilitators of agribusiness expansion and innovation.
New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays is held annually at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.
The event attracts over 1,20,000 visitors with 1000 exhibitors each year, with more than 500 international visitors attending from 18 countries in 2012.
“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, agritech and food processing sectors. We look forward to see this exchange happen between both our nations,” said Richard White, New Zealand trade commissioner to New Delhi.
With 45 foreign exhibitors from 8 countries and sustainable agriculture as its theme, we are expecting 80,000 visitors including farmer delegations from overseas, added R M Khanna, past chairman, CII Northern Region.