Australia and India finalised a new veterinary health protocol on Monday for the export of sheep to India to give a boost to its fine wool sector and textiles industry.
Under the protocol, agreed between the Indian Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying and the Australian Department of Agriculture, India will benefit from Australian production expertise and genetic stock.
It was announced at an event attended by Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu and Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Tarun Shridhar.
"Agriculture, including animal husbandry, is of critical importance to both Indian and Australian economies. And while there are many differences in our agriculture sectors, I believe there are many similarities which should be the cornerstone of bilateral partnership, Sidhu told reporters.
"We hope to see India's wool production increase, which will in turn inspire its textile sector to flourish, creating jobs and opportunities along the production chain, from farmer, to textile manufacturer, to apparel producers and ultimately to delighted consumers worldwide. We also hope that Australian wool remains a key part of India's wool and textile development, Sidhu added.
Australian sheep will be part of a sheep breeding programme for wool development under India's National Livestock Mission.
It is expected that the animals will arrive in India in September-October 2019 and will be given to Uttarakhand State Wool Development Board.
Shridhar said the cooperation between the two countries can expand to other livestock too.
"It is just a beginning and would also strengthen and build cooperation between the two countries," he said.
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