The Telegraph
Thursday , August 14 , 2014
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Chinese team hawks expertise in farm tech

Calcutta, Aug. 13: A delegation from the city of Wuhan in central China is in the country to tap opportunities in farm technology.

The eight-member team is looking for local partners to leverage their expertise in a number of areas such as erecting computer-controlled glass houses to grow plants, waste-water treatment and the prevention of animal and plant diseases.

Recognised as one of the largest goods distribution centre in the region, Wuhan is a significant transportation hub with a good network of railways, roads and expressways. It recorded retail sales of consumer goods at about $65 billion last year. It has been able to balance rural and urban development through infrastructure construction, labour employment and social management.

“Auto, food processing, iron & steel and agriculture occupy an important role in Wuhan. It has distinct advantages — its geographical location and expertise in science and technology. High speed railway development is underway in Wuhan. We hope to introduce agriculture production and technology to India. This includes specialised agricultural machinery and computer controlled glass houses,” said Zheng Yongxin, deputy director, the standing committee of Wuhan Municipal People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China.

He was speaking at a session organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce.

The association today signed a memorandum of understanding with the Wuhan Municipal People’s Congress that will facilitate business exchanges and mutual co-operation.