Haryana explores opportunities with Canada for agriculture cooperation

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17 June 2022, Chandigarh: Taking a step ahead in the  development of the sectors of agriculture, horticulture, dairying and fisheries , Haryana Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Mr. J.P. Dalal met a Canadian delegation and discussed various avenues which can be explored in these areas.

Canadian delegation comprising of Consulate General, Canadian Embassy, Mr. Patrick Hebert and their Trade Commissioner, Mr. Akhil Choudhary pointed out that there is a requirement of horticulturalists in Canada, thus, we can sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Horticulture and formulate a curriculum accordingly so as to meet the said demand.

Mr. Hebert said that we also want to expand our trade relations with the state of Haryana which will be beneficial to both with the exchange of best practices and signing of MOUs and partnerships with Universities.

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The Minister was informed that a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) had been signed with the Department of Foreign Cooperation and it can be taken a step ahead. He said that emphasis should be laid on concrete areas of cooperation as we foresee numerous opportunities of trade and growth with Haryana. The delegation had detailed discussions with the Minister on the future prospects.

Elaborating on the scope of collaboration, the delegation informed the Minister that the technique on grain storage, known as temporary grain bagging system, can be area of one of the interests for the state of Haryana.

Subsequently, Mr. Dalal said that the state of Haryana will like to explore the bee keeping industry and potato cultivation as well. He informed that Haryana already has a collaboration with Israel and similarly would like to emulate the best practices of Canada in the state. He said that Haryana is among the first three states to provide food grains in the country. During this, the delegation also invited the Agriculture Minister to visit Canada. On this occasion, the minister honoured the delegation with a shawl.

On this occasion Director General of Horticulture Department Mr. Arjun Saini, Director General of Animal Husbandry Department Mr. BS Laura and other officers of the department were also present.

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