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Canada for opportunities to expand trade with India

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

There is tremendous potential to expand trade cooperation with and create new opportunities for farmers, a from said today.

Oneil Carlier, Agriculture and Forestry of Alberta, Canada, said is one of the world's largest and most diverse markets and one where he believes there is tremendous growth potential for Alberta's "high-quality and agricultural products".

"is one of the largest agricultural producers and exporters in the world. Quite a lot of barley is grown in There are 1,700 barley producers growing 2.4 ton per year," Carlier said, speaking at the 6th 'Agro Protech 2018', organised by the here.

can provide expertise in processing technology, biotechnology, energy efficiency, packaging, and food safety practices, he said.

Law and Moloy Ghatak, who was also present on the occasion, said the state had taken up agriculture as a priority sector, and provides all necessary support to increase farmers' income through better market and value addition to their produce.

"For decades, farmers in Bengal have had little or no say in choosing markets or buyers for selling their produce," he said.

The has introduced various schemes like the kisan credit card and kisan bazar to help farmers with financial support against low interest.

"More will be opened in the rural areas to provide long-term low interest loans to the farmers," West Bengal said.

Prof Swapan Dutta, Agricultural Scientist and former Pro Vice Chancellor, Viswa Bharati University, said that production of crops in is being challenged by increasing population, lack of land for cultivation, volatile prices, environmental concerns and rising expectations from consumers.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 22:00 IST