CII signs MOU with New Zealand’s largest agri­cul­ture show

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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.

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