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India State Ministry Officials Here To Boost Agriculture

India State Ministry Officials Here To Boost Agriculture
Harayan delegation leader Dr Om Prakash (thrid from right) and local government delegations take their seat at the Indian High Commission. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
June 20
11:00 2017

A delegation from the State of Haryana, India, is in the country to help the country in the agriculture sector.

The Haryana State officials are interested in helping the Fijian Government in areas of potato, sugar cane, dairy and vegetable farming on a larger scale.

The delegation consists of Agriculture State Minister of Haryana Om Prakash Dhankar, officials of the Ministry, and public representatives from Haryana.

The delegation met their Fijian counterparts from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay, and Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Jitendra Singh, met the delegation yesterday at the Indian High Commission in Suva.

Agriculture State Minister of Haryana Mr Dhankar during the meeting said that the Haryana state was looking forward to working with the Fijian Government in the agriculture field.

“Fiji and India have a long history and it mainly has to do with agriculture.

“The first Indians were brought to Fiji to work on sugar cane farms,” Mr Dhankar said.

“Through this visit, the Haryana state plans to refresh this relationship we forged years ago.

“We are looking forward to working with the Fijian Government to restart farming.”

Permanent secretary Mr Singh welcomed and thanked the Haryana state delegation for the visit.

“Haryana produces cereals, rice and dairy and many other products but we are we are looking at these areas of co-operation in future with the state,” Mr Singh said.

“I convey my appreciation on behalf of the Fijian Government to the government of India for the support and aid provided to the people of Fiji especially for supplying the 5.5 tonnes of seeds after cyclone Winston,” he said.

“This helped in the rehabilitation of the agriculture sector.

“We have discussed various areas of co-operation that can exist between the state of Haryana and Fiji and we will be exploring some of these areas through the Indian High Commission of Fiji.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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