Haryana seeks Dutch cooperation in 5 areas

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Chandigarh, Nov 20 (UNI) Haryana today sought cooperation of Netherlands in the fields of Post Harvest Management practices, setting up of terminal markets, production of flowers, organic food and contract farming.

Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board Chairman Shadi Lal Batra, who met a Dutch delegation, said Haryana had immense potential in diversifying its agricultural crops.

In his key note address to the Dutch delegation, Mr Batra said that to tap the new fields, it needed technical cooperation from Netherlands as the country was the flower leaders of world market.

Haryana could also achieve excellence in flower production with their cooperation.

He said Haryana was ranked number four in the production of flowers in India. However, the state government would like to increase the production by adopting a scientific approach for flower cultivation as well as in the other new emerging areas of agriculture sector.

Mr R P J Bol, Director General, Department of Industry and Trade, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality who headed the delegation said the members of the delegation were highly impressed by the approach of the state government to specialise in diversified agricultural field.

Both the countries understand each other which, he said, was the first step towards cooperation. The cooperation whether in the intellectual or business arena had to be profitable to both the countries, he stressed.

The ministry, he said, sought to strengthen the international competitive position of the agriculture sector based on socially responsible enterprise. A significant portion of Dutch agricultural exports were derived from fresh-cut plants and flowers.

The Dutch delegation showed their keen interest in post-Harvest Management Practices and had assured their services for consultancy in the establishment of Post-Harvest Management Institute.

UNI

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