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Chandigarh, Nov 18, 2016: The 12th edition of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) biennial agro technology and business fair, Agro Tech 2016, will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee and his visiting Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin here on Sunday.

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Presidents Mukherjee and Rivlin will inaugurate the fair at the Parade Ground, CII vice president and Bharti Enterprises Vice Chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal told media here on Friday.

“CII Agro Tech 2016 is India’s premier biennial agro technology and business fair with 92 domestic participants and significant international presence, including 47 foreign exhibitors from as many as 13 countries this year.

“The 12th edition of CII Agro Tech 2016 is one of the biggest confluences of stakeholders from agriculture and allied sectors. For the first time in the history of Agro Tech, since its inception in 1994, two heads of the states – President Pranab Mukherjee and President of Israel Reuven Rivlin, are coming together to inaugurate the fair,” Mittal said.

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Punjab and Haryana are the host states for the four-day international agricultural expo while Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are the partner states.

Israel is the partner country while 12 other countries are actively participating at the event this time.

Mittal said that Agro Tech 2016 is focusing on ‘Technology Intervention’ in a big way.

“On the international participation, we are proud that Israel is the partner country with Canada and Germany as focus countries and Great Britain as guest country. 47 overseas companies from 13 countries, including Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, have made it a global event,” he said.

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Chairperson, CII Northern Region Rumjhum Chatterjee said that the Agro Tech was providing a common platform for technological innovation, industry and the farming sector. (IANS)


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