Boosting trade and strengthening a primary industries
relationship is the focus of a visit to India this week by
Primary Industries Minister David Carter.
India was a "rapidly rising player" in the Asia-Pacific
region and New Zealand was keen to develop stronger economic
ties, Mr Carter said.
He will have discussions with the agriculture and trade
ministers and hold a series of primary industry meetings.
He will be joined by representatives of New Zealand's dairy,
meat, horticulture and agri-tech sectors.
The meetings would further strengthen the New Zealand-India
relationship and give the countries the opportunity to
canvass a range of issues.
"India is one of our top trade negotiating priorities," Mr
"A successful free trade agreement will help expand
businesses and create jobs," he said.
Mr Carter will also travel to Indonesia, where he will open
the inaugural joint working group on agriculture in Jakarta
and hold a series of trade and agriculture meetings, and Sri