Indian government institutes will now be able to engage with Australian research and development (R&D) agencies, through an agreement with Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL).
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Indian Council of Australian Research.
“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.”
After the MoU was signed, a research workshop was held in Bangalore to identify key strategic collaboration areas, involving HAL, government departments, and representatives from various Australian horticultural sectors including apples, pears, almonds, mangoes, processing tomatoes, strawberries, table grapes and vegetables.