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Surinam seeks Indian expertise in Agricultural growth

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Aug 24 (UNI) Surinam, a small South American nation with a population of only about five million, is seeking help from Indian Agro-scientists for increasing productivity of diversified agricultural products.

Stating this Ambassador of Surinam in India K Bajnath here today said though his country was blessed with a favourable weather, its total agricultural output seemed to have fallen primarily because of the total mechanisation of agricultural sector in his country.

'' Despite having enough green field and agricultural land to feed our population, we are facing severe shortage of food stuff forcing the government to depend on their import,'' the Surinamese Ambassador said and sought the India agri-scientists help in increasing the volume of production.

'' We are also considering to shift from total mechanisation to manual farming in agriculture to help increase the overall production level,'' he stated.

Referring to his visit to West Bengal, Mr Bajnath said apart from tracing his root(as his previous generation had boarded a west bound ship from Calcutta port) he had come here to seek the assistance from the experts of highly successful pisciculture sector in the state to introduce and develop brakish water prawn culture in his country.

Describing the volume of trade between his country and India was negligible in spite of the presence of more than 27 per cent of people of Indian origin in Surinam, Mr Bajnath said besides exploring the huge reserve of mineral, particularly bauxite, they were looking forward to tap the huge scope of eco as well as adventure tourism in his country.

'' We are also looking forward to start a direct air link between the two countries despite the huge distance", the Surinam envoy said and hoped that the Indian National carrier Air India might also consider a similar venture in near future keeping in view the presence of large population of Indian origin in his country.

'' We are also awaiting the opening of the first Indo-Surinam joint venture in the country before December in the form of a steel rolling mill near the capital,'' he said adding that a total amount of about ten million dollars was invested in the project.

Earlier,the Surinam ambassador took part in an interactive session with members of the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI) in order to woo more Indian businessmen to his country with joint venture programmes in different sectors.


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