Brad Wall, the premier of Canadian province Saskatchewan, on Friday evinced interest in collaboration with Punjab in the fields of agriculture, food technology, skill development, technical education, dairy and livestock management.
A Canadian delegation led by him called on Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here.
During interaction with the CM, Wall said there was a huge scope for bilateral cooperation in these areas as both Punjab and Saskatchewan had demonstrated their strength and dominance in agriculture and allied farming due to their vast experience and expertise. Wall is in the city for the inauguration of Agro Tech, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), starting on Saturday.
He told the CM that both states were already working closely in the field of veterinary sciences, adding that there was potential for mutual cooperation in other allied sectors of agriculture and animal husbandry and assured of help in the areas of food technology, food processing, agri bio-technology, post-harvest management and handling, and the cold chain.
Wall said the existing arrangement of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) with Saskatchewan University in developing new varieties of oil seeds, especially Cannola, could be extended to cover new areas on the lines of the student exchange programme with Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana.
Badal hoped for a strategic alliance in the area of agriculture and agronomy practices between Punjab and Saskatchewan. He also agreed on an agreement between Saskatchewan Polytechnic Institute and the state technical education department to award degrees and diplomas to Punjab's students under the dual degree and dual diploma programme in order to enhance their chances of employability at the international level.
Badal laid thrust on the need for a farmers' exchange programme for the transfer of technologies to the fields and said there was also a scope for collaboration in higher education in the areas of engineering, medicine,emerging technologies and green technologies. He invited leading educational institutions and universities.