India Trade Alliance was once again on the forefront of cementing Agriculture business and government relations between
the state of Haryana, India and New Zealand.
India Trade Alliance worked closely with the Government of Haryana, India in promoting #NZ Agricultural capabilities and
best practices. As a result the Haryana Agricultural Minister Hon O. P. Dhankar led a 16 member strong delegation that
included senior MLA'S and CEO'S of various Haryana Agricultural a departments.
India Trade Alliance became the first NZ organization to sign a MoU with any Indian state government to promote
Agricultural best practices between any Indian state and NZ.
Speaking to the businesses at the signing ceremony, the Minster emphasised the ‘world leading technologies, innovation,
entrepreneurship and practices that New Zealand Agriculture sector is well known for around the world, are welcomed to
collaborate and develop the Agri sector of Haryana’.
India Trade Alliance also organised high level meetings with NZ Minister for Primary Industries Hon Nathan Guy, Speaker
of the House Hon David Carter, Deputy Prime Minister Hon Paula Bennett and Fieldays CEO Peter Nation and Chairman.
The delegation was also hosted by the Chairman of Dairylink and ITA member, Earl Rattray in Hamilton. Speaking after a
very engaging session of farm visit and visit to the Waikato Innovation Park, where the delegation saw NZ Agri
development first hand, Earl said ‘ Seeing is believing, and much of what the delegation experienced is highly relevant
to India now and in the future. While our farming systems are different, the principles are exactly the same. The value
we place on appropriate genetics, optimising nutrition with production rather than maximising, our focus on efficient
reproduction, together with the importance of independent milk testing and food safety assurance all resonated well with
the Minister and his delegates’.
Praising the proactive approach of India Trade Alliance in facilitating the first ever Agricultural Ministers visit from
Haryana, Vishal Rishi, Deputy Director of Confederation of Indian Industries – Haryana said, ‘India Trade Alliance has
worked collaboratively with MFAT, NZTE, Fieldays and the Indian High Commission to ensure the delegation received
maximum exposure of NZ Agricultural practices in the short time available’.
The delegation also met with NZ Special Agricultural envoy Mike Peterson and visited Innovation park and dairy farm.
They also interacted with the local diaspora.
Other mebers of the delegation included, Sh. Subhash Chander MLA, Sh. M.C. Sharma MLA, Sh. T.K. Sharma MLA, Sh. R.P.
Sharma, Chairman, A.K.Meena IAS, Dr. D.K.Behera IAS, Dr J. Ganesan IAS, Dr. A.S. Saini, Director General, Dr. G.S.
Jakhar, Director General, Sh. R.K.Benipal, Sh. Vishal Beri, CII, Dr. S.P. Singh, CII.
India Trade Alliance (ITA) is an invitation-only organisation working with stakeholders to establish, build and promote
trade, investment, sporting and cultural links between New Zealand and India. ITA has administrative centres in the
Indian cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Auckland in New Zealand.
For more information, please visit www.ita.nz