Canada keen to establish agro-processing unit in MP

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jul 2018 10:16:26



By Tara Chettur

The trade relations and business collaboration opportunities between Canada and Madhya Pradesh is going to get a major boost in coming days. The main focus would be on establishing agro-processing sector in the State. In one of the exclusive interviews given to ‘The Hitavada’ Jordan Reeves, Consul General of Canada said agriculture sector in Madhya Pradesh forms the backbone of its economy and with right kind of transfer of technology for agri-business development can improve income generation and food security.

Jordan further said that there is a huge demand of pulses like beans, lentils and rice especially Basmati in Canada and a strategy is also in pipeline to bring in officials from Canadian Ministry of Agriculture on a visit to the state. In Western and Southern India Canada Consulate has got trade offices but in Central India it is for the very first time they are considering to start trade office. Ministry of Canada is working on various ventures mainly in
collaboration with Government of Maharashtra and Government of Gujarat. Besides, they also have trade offices in Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai to name few. However, in Central India this would be their first visit.

Besides, Canadian firms will also be exploring on other arenas including opportunities in tourism sector. The officials from Consulate General of Canada will be meeting Dal Mill Association at Indore to get an idea about the business related with pulses. The Canadian officials are also in touch with Government officials in Madhya Pradesh. In next few months if all things are worked out a proposal is likely to be drafted to facilitate agro-processing multi-service facility in State. This will not only help in increasing revenue of farmers but will also be able to provide training and technical assistance for small sized agro processing enterprises. The agro-processing unit also emphasis on product research and development for the transformation of local and traditional procedures into value added agricultural products.

Jordan further informed that the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) which supports small-scale but high-impact projects in developing countries is also in touch with voluntary organisations in State especially working on Gender equality and the empowerment of women, environment, climate action and water management. Jordan Reeves along with other officials from Consulate General of Canada are on a two visit in Madhya Pradesh to explore trade and business related opportunities in the State.