Australia's Horticulture sector to benefit from R&D agreement with India

The Australian horticulture industry is set to benefit from a new agreement signed earlier this week between Horticulture Australia Limited and the Indian Council of Australian Research.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will allow Indian government institutes to engage with Australian R&D agencies for the first time through Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL).

"India has one of the largest horticulture sectors in the world, with many of its growers facing similar challenges to Australian growers," HAL Chair Selwyn Snell said. "Until now, the two countries have been working independently to advance their industries through research and development that focussed on overcoming such challenges. Working collaboratively will benefit both countries as we identify research gaps and potential opportunities."

Following the signing of the MoU in New Delhi, representatives from HAL, various Australian horticulture industries and government departments participated in a research workshop in Bangalore, India, to identify key strategic research collaboration areas.

The Australian apple and pear, almonds, mango, processing tomato, strawberry, table grape and vegetable industries attended the workshop along with researchers from DAFFQ, DEPI (Vic) and TIA.

For more information:
John Lloyd
Horticulture Australia Limited

Tel. +61 2 8295 2321
Email: john.lloyd@horticulture.com.au

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