Canada offers to build grain storage facilities for India

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 17, 2010 20:33 IST

Canada on Friday offered its expertise in building granaries to India in order to help it reduce foodgrain wastage due to poor storage facility.

"Canadian companies which have expertise in building grain houses have been looking for Indian partners for building grain storage houses here," Canada Minister for Agriculture & Agri-Food Gerry Ritz told reporters after inaugurating the first plant of city-based company Jivo Wellness, which sells imported canola oil. It imports canola oil from Canada and sells it under the brand Jivo Canola oil after bottling it at a plant in New Delhi.

Stressing that there was tremendous scope for working together in the field of agriculture and food processing, Ritz said his country has signed MOUs with India in the field of dairy and aquaculture last year. The two countries are also working closely in the field of agriculture and processed food, the Canadian Agriculture minister said.

He said he had discussions with Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Food Processing Minister Subodh Kant Sahai for strengthening mutual cooperation in the two fields.

India and Canada have a trade volume of $ 4.2 billion. India exports gems, stone and woven items to Canada and imports mainly pepper and pulses from that country.


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