Punjabi farmers in Canada have huge contribution in agriculture sector of Canada which is why everyone is proud of them and their community. These were the views of Consul General of Canada -Christopher Gibbins, who was the guest of honour at the opening of Punjab Agricultural University’s (PAU) two-day Kisan Mela on Thursday.
Based in Canadian consulate at Chandigarh since November last year, Gibbins said he was really excited to be a part of this fair as he himself comes from a farming family.
“I also have rural roots in northern Canada and my family since long has been active into farming. As a result, I have grown up on farms and seeing various aspects of farming and its challenges. That is why; I was more than keen on coming here and thought it would be a good platform to also share huge contributions of Punjabi farmers in Canada,” he said.
While throwing light on the contributions, he underlined that there is not one but several success stories of Punjabi farmers in Canada who have set very inspiring examples in agriculture.
“In British Columbia itself, there are many farmers who produce several kinds of fruits in huge quantities that Canada exports across the world and their produce has always been known for quality. On top of this, they are also known for diversification and go a long way to be an example for farmers of several other communities. For the same reason, we always talk about their hard work they put in”, he stated while adding, “How could I forget to share that when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Canada, the Canadian government keenly shared these inspiring contributions of Punjabi farmers who are very hard working.”
Talking about why productivity and income in Canadian agriculture remains high, he said it is so because in Canada strong emphasis in laid on science and research from which we all should draw inspiration. However, Canada can look forward to expand cooperation with Punjab in different sectors of farming to support agriculture in Punjab, he maintained.