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British envoy meets Amarinder, discusses cooperation in agriculture

High commissioner Dominic Asquith and deputy high commissioner Andrew Ayre visited the official residence of the CM and held a meeting with him.

punjab Updated: Aug 11, 2017 21:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Capt Amarinder,High commissioner Dominic Asquith,Punjab agriculture
British high commissioner and deputy high commissioner called upon Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday.(HT Photo)

The British high commissioner and deputy high commissioner on Friday met Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and discussed cooperation with the state government in agriculture and allied fields.

“The envoys said their country was interested in collaborating with the state in key areas of agriculture, skill development, food processing and cold chain development. They also evinced keen interest in making significant investment in these fields,” an official spokesperson said.

“The CM directed officials of the state government to work closely with their counterparts in the British government to take forward the discussion on boosting business cooperation between Punjab and the United Kingdom on subjects of mutual interest,” the spokesperson said.

The delegation also showed keen interest in dairy farming, which the chief minister said his government was striving to promote in a big way as an alternative source of income for the beleaguered farmers of the state.

Meanwhile, the CM sought the British envoys’ support for his government’s efforts towards conservation of the fast depleting ground water table in the state.

First Published: Aug 11, 2017 21:42 IST