The Shanghai municipal agriculture commission will partner with the Punjab government and transfer technology to help farmers grow Chinese vegetables for boosting state’s diversification drive.
The assurance was given by Shanghai agriculture commission vice chairman Feng Zhioyong during an interaction with Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who is touring the country.
Zhioyong said the commission had already visited Punjab and would identify areas of mutual interest for sharing of best practices.
Speaking on the occasion, Sukhbir said Punjab was promoting food processing industry in a big way and urged Chinese companies to invest in the sector. He also gave details of the tax concessions as well as availability of pre- cleared sites and speedy clearances to set up industry in the state.
Business delegate Bhavdeep Sardana of Sukhjit Starch suggested that Punjab could use Chinese agriculture technology in soya bean processing and farmers in Punjab could grow vegetables used in Chinese cuisine.
Following the meeting with officials of the agriculture commission, the Punjab delegation also visited the state-owned bright milk plant in Shanghai, one of the biggest producers of ultra heat treated (UHT) milk in China. Sukhbir suggested during the visit that Chinese expertise in this sector be used to rejuvenate Verka and produce UHT milk in Punjab which could be marketed successfully during summer months when the supply is short.
Earlier, high-end bicycle manufacturers offered support to Sukhbir’s cycle valley proposal.
Sukhbir along with Hero Cycles chairman Pankaj Munjal discussed the exact nature of investment which could flow into the cycle valley that is being planned in Ludhiana.
Pankaj Munjal, while discussing the business model of the new integrated cycle park, said the company was in the process of tying up with Chinese bicycle manufacturers for different segments.