8 Mar 2013

Colombia keen for NZ farming expertise

6:38 am on 8 March 2013

Colombia in South America is keen to tap into New Zealand expertise to help its growing dairy industry.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has held talks with President Juan Manuel Santos, as part of his visit to Central and South America.

Mr Key said the New Zealand Government has agreed to spend $4 million over four years in a joint project of training and knowledge sharing to improve Colombia's farming sector.

President Santos said his country wants New Zealand expertise to boost its farm production and efficiency.

Both leaders have indicated that New Zealand agriculture investment would likely to be in technology, co-investment and expertise rather than commodity exports in a country that is already a big dairy producer.