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Alberta Premier Alison Redford Signs Agriculture Trade Deal with India

Agricultural Agreement to Increase Sale of Swine Genetics

By Amanda Brodhagen,

Alberta’s premier has signed a trade deal with the Indian State of Meghalaya, located in northeastern India, aimed at increasing access to agricultural products between the two regions.

The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding Sunday, the first day of Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s trade mission to India.

“This region of India has a population of more than 40 million — that’s more than Canada’s population — and it holds huge opportunities for Alberta agriculture producers,” said Redford in a release.

Alberta’s livestock farmers are expected to benefit the most from the new trade deal, which will increase the sale of livestock genetics, particularly swine. “In particular, this means Alberta’s innovative and efficient pork producers will have new and exciting opportunities in India,” explains Redford.

Redford says an agricultural working group will be established to facilitate further trade cooperation, which could lead to other trade opportunities for more agricultural products such as canola, pulses and farm machinery.

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