Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Landcorp Farming and Massey University and their Chinese counterparts.
The memorandum of understanding with Anhui Agricultural University, Anhui Anxin Husbandry Development Limited and Anhui Provincial Government Decision-Making Cultural Exchange Centre provides collaboration on sheep farming and pasture growth opportunities in Anhui province.
Landcorp will provide sheep farming expertise while Massey University will contribute technical consultancy services.
“China has a large flock of sheep raised in low numbers, with the average farm size just half a hectare. While leading this trade mission it has become clear there is a great opportunity for the New Zealand sheep industry in China.
“New Zealand has a great history and expertise in sheep production right through the supply chain. This MOU provides a platform for Landcorp and Massey University to expand the existing relationships they already have in China.
“This is another example of China’s growth in agricultural production creating major opportunities for New Zealand businesses to use their skills and expertise.
Earlier this year the Minister signed a Strategic Plan on Promoting Agriculture Cooperation agreement with China’s Minister of Agriculture, encouraging greater cooperation and sharing of knowledge.