Haryana, Canada to explore collaboration in agriculture

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Chandigarh, Nov 7 (UNI) Haryana and Canada will explore the possibilities of collaboration in the field of agriculture especially in bio-mass, bio-fuel and bio-technological sectors.

The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of Haryana Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Raj Kumar with the five-member Canadian delegation headed by Mr Barry Todd, Deputy Minister, Foods and Rural Initiatives, Manitoba of Canada.

It was also decided that the possibility of collaboration between Haryana and Canada in the field of hybrid seed production, better agronomic practices for harvesting good yield, processing and value addition would also be explored, he added.

Apprising the delegation about agricultural scenario of the state, Mr Raj Kumar said Haryana was one of the leading states of India in agriculture productions. Rice and wheat were the main foodgrain crops cultivated in the state and it was the second largest contributor of foodgrains to the Central Foodgrain Pool.

The productivity of wheat in the state was the highest in the country and the State was also well known for the production and export of Basmati rice.

Mr Barry Todd gave a brief account of agriculture development in Manitoba (Canada) and informed that wheat, barley, canola, potato and vegetables were the main crops.

He said the strength of Manitoba lay in food processing and value addition sector and collaboration with it could help in developing food processing and value addition in Haryana.

Mr Todd said Genetically Modified canola hybrid varieties with high yielding potential and without pungency was another area in which Haryana could be benefited.

UNI

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