Minister Fast Promotes Deeper Trade Between Canada and Punjab State
October 17, 2014 – Chandigarh, India – The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, meets Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of India’s Punjab state. The two discussed grain storage and handling and animal genetics, as well as opportunities related to energy, sustainable technologies, life sciences and education and training.
Punjab, known as the food bowl of India, is a key market for Canadian agriculture and agri-food businesses. Minister Fast promoted Canada as a partner for India as it addresses its food security challenges—not only supplying foods, but also providing technology to help India increase its productivity and address food storage and transportation issues.
In 2013, Canada exported $739.3 million worth of agriculture and agri-food products to India, up 38.7 percent from $532.9 million in 2012. Canada’s top five agri-food exports to India are peas, lentils, animal feed, canola oil and vegetable oilcake.
The meeting with Chief Minister Badal came on the final day of Minister Fast’s six-day, three-city trade mission to India, part of Canada’s ambitious pro-trade, pro-export plan to help businesses explore new export opportunities abroad. Accompanying Minister Fast on the trade mission to Mumbai, New Delhi and Chandigarh were representatives of 14 Canadian businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises.
India is a priority market under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, the blueprint for creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians through trade.