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Radha Mohan Singh Urges Canada to Invest in Indian Agro Infrastructure

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Canadian Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food Calls on Agriculture Minister

New Delhi (Sept 23, 2014): Union Agriculture Minister Shri. Radha Mohan Singh today met a delegation from Canada led by Mr. Gerry Ritz, Canadian Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food here on Tuesday.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh urged his Canadian counterpart to expedite finalization of the Work Plan paving way for the visits of Scientists from both countries to each other’s institutions. He also requested Canadian side to explore possibilities for importing agricultural commodities such as tomatoes, grapes etc. from India to reduce trade imbalance between the two countries. He also requested for Canadian investment in Cold Storage Infrastructure and technology for ecologically sustainable cold chains. Agriculture Minister also evinced interest in the Canadian expertise and technology from production through processing, storage and distribution.

Canadian Minister ensured that Canada would be happy to cooperate and collaborate with India to move forward the MoU signed by two countries in 2009 and would also like to share its technology for enhancing India’s production and productivity in the Agriculture sector.

Indian delegation beside Agriculture Minister comprised of Shri. Anup Kumar Thakur, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and Dr. S.Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education among others.