Netherlands to set up CoEs in Piggery, Dairy & Horticulture

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Trivandrum: A Centre of Excellence for Piggery in India supported by Netherlands was symbolically launched in Thiruvananthapuram by the State Minister for Agriculture & Animal Husbandry, Shri K P Mohanan and HE Alphonsus Stoelinga, Netherlands Ambassador to India, who was heading a trade delegation from Netherlands as part of the Knowledge Cooperation Mission to Kerala.

Addressing a seminar on ‘Optimizing Techniques in Animal Husbandry & Horticulture – An Indo-Dutch Approach’, organized jointly by CII and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to mark the symbolic launch of the Centre of Excellence (CoE), the Ambassador said three CoEs in Piggery, Dairy and Horticulture would be set up in Kerala with the support of the Dutch Government and the Netherlands Agro, Food & Technology Centre (NAFTC). He added that there were 10 major sectors to focus on to improve cooperation between Netherlands and India, and called upon the industry to work together and invest in R&D.

Netherlands would establish the CoE for Piggery in the next 3-4 months and also support a pork processing plant to be set up by Meat Products of India Ltd. (MPI), a Public Sector Undertaking of Government of Kerala. This is the first CoEs out of the ten planned under the 2012 Indo-Dutch joint action plan signed between the Union Ministry for Agriculture and the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Netherlands.

In his address, Subrata Biswas, Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry & Agriculture Production Commissioner, said that Kerala has a lot to learn from the technology innovation in Netherlands and would like to get a footprint of the technology here. “We require similar setup in Kerala to make up agriculture and animal husbandry most remunerative.

Henk van Duijn, Vice President of NAFTC gave an implementation overview by NAFTC India. The seminar to strengthen Indo-Dutch trade relations in agriculture, horticulture, dairy, poultry and livestock sector saw sessions on Technical advancements in AH & Horticulture Developments in The Netherlands by Adriaan Vernooij, Wageningen UR Livestock Research and Technical advancements in Horticulture – Developments in Indian Scientific area by Dr. Prathapan, Director of Kerala State Horticulture Mission.

Marijn Leijten, Director, NAFTC India; V Vijay Kumar, Chief Rep, NBSO, Chennai; several experts from the field of agriculture and allied sectors, senior Government Officials from the Ministry Of Agriculture were among those present.

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