UK government heads to India with largest ever agri-tech delegation

UK government heads to India with largest ever agri-tech delegation

The British government has sent its largest ever delegation to India’s top agricultural conference, highlighting the major role it believes UK firms can play in the sector’s future.

Agritex India 2017, India’s leading international exhibition and conference on agriculture, dairy and food processing, starts in Hyderabad tomorrow and will run until Saturday. The UK is country partner for the event and the Department for International Trade (DIT) has made sure Britain is well represented.

A total of 13 innovative British companies are set to participate in the conference. These firms specialise in a wide range of areas including animal science, water conservation, silo storage systems, organic farming, agricultural marketing communications, sustainable packaging technologies, agricultural skills and training, cold chain technologies, and smart agriculture.

Andrew Fleming, British deputy high commissioner in Hyderabad, said all of the UK firms attending the trade show were looking to establish business collaborations in India.

He said: “Agriculture is one of the UK government’s priority sectors in India and our business delegation is demonstrative of the very best technology the UK agricultural industry has to offer. These companies offer a combination of innovation and business improvements that can transform food security globally.

“Science, big data and technology are changing the face of agriculture. Such changes are necessary as the global challenge to the food industry becomes increasingly acute.

“The UK is now at the vanguard of agricultural technologies, pioneering new approaches to food and farming systems. I warmly invite Indian businesses and others interested in agri-tech to come to the UK pavilion and enjoy exploring the remarkable technology and innovation on display.”

Simon Doherty, a UK agri-tech specialist, added: “The UK agri-tech offer is built around integrated solutions and, with that in mind, it is hugely important for us to develop partnerships around innovation but also provide training and support in how to maximise returns from the investment in those novel technologies.”

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