Indians to explore Britain's agri-business

Wednesday, 30 June 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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LONDON: A 36-member agri-business delegation from India will visit the three-day Royal Agriculture Show in Warwickshire from July 4.

The delegation will explore opportunities for collaboration in the agricultural sector. The team includes representatives from the government, private sector and service providers.

It will specifically look at potential partnerships with UK industry in technologies and products in post-harvest, crop management, logistics, dairy, poultry, animal husbandry, packaging, import of food and drink products and organic farming.

The British High Commissioner to India, Sir Michael Arthur, said: "Agriculture contributes 25 percent to India's GDP, and engages roughly three-fourths of the population. The sector is a top priority for the Indian government.

"I am delighted that at this most exciting time for India and the UK, we are able to facilitate partnerships in agriculture and provide this timely exposure to the best of Britain in the sector.

"We hope the delegation will return to India with a deeper understanding of (our) expertise in agriculture and related business opportunities. The prospects for mutually beneficial collaboration are better than ever before."

The mission, organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), aims to provide the delegation not only a deeper understanding of UK expertise in the sector but also an opportunity to explore business in their own areas of strength.

UKTI is the British government organisation that supports companies in the UK trading internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to locate in the UK.

On July 6, UKTI will host an "India Seminar" at the show where Rabo Bank will present a keynote address highlighting opportunities in the sector.

A key feature of the Royal Agriculture Show is the Global Partnerships Pavilion (GPP), a UK government-sponsored platform to facilitate collaboration between UK organisations, business houses and entrepreneurs and overseas participants.

This year over 100 British organisations will exhibit at the GPP, providing a significant opportunity for interested overseas firms.

The show is the world's premier outdoors-agricultural exhibition representing the best of British agriculture and the countryside.

As Britain's agricultural showcase for the last 160 years it attracts 200,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibiting companies from the UK and overseas.

The show also offers overseas visitors a chance to view a wide range of agriculture related industry including: organic farming, dairy, animal farming and management, fodder, renewable energy, environment and forestry, horticulture, food and drink, farm equipment, agri-biotechnology consultancy.

Source: IANS
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