Australian and Indian origin entrepreneurs met recently in Sydney, under the chairmanship of Haryana Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar, to discuss the possible investment opportunities in various fields in Haryana. The two-week tour of the three nations, Australia, Fiji and New Zealand started on June 6 to “study” the latest methods in the field of agriculture and horticulture. Emerging from the meeting, Mr Dhankar said a private limited company in Australia had expressed the desire to work in Haryana in the field of paddy straw management. It is engaged in making hard boards from paddy straw. Giving information about paddy, Mr Dhankar said 90 lakh acres of land is cultivated in Haryana. The Karnal region is called the bowl of paddy, famous for its basmati rice.
Since Haryana is working on a concrete solution to the problem posed by paddy straw, it is good that a company which makes hardboard from straw has offered to work in the state. Australian industrialists gave detailed information about their projects, especially this company that revealed its representative Mr. John Gourman had already visited Kaithal district to explore the possibilities. Mr Dhankar also disclosed that Western Sydney University Director, Mr. Brajesh K Singh has expressed keen desire to open a Center of Excellence in Haryana. The power-packed delegation comprised of chairperson of Haryana state agricultural marketing board Mr. Krishna Gahlawat, chairman of livestock development board Mr. Rishi Parkash Sharma, Director General Horticulture Department Dr. Arjun Singh Saini, General Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Director Dr. G.S. Jakhar and Haryana state agricultural marketing board CMEO Raj Kumar Beniwal among many bureaucrats.