23 Mar 2010

Agricultural technology mission off to China

10:01 pm on 23 March 2010

A New Zealand trade mission is heading to China this week, aimed at continuing the growth that has seen China emerge as this country's second biggest trading partner.

Agriculture Minister David Carter is leading a delegation of more than 30 agricultural technology representatives, with the main focus on dairying.

As well as meeting senior Chinese ministers and business leaders, he will sign a dairy co-operation arrangement with the Chinese Government.

The mission will visit dairy producing areas in northern China and inner Mongolia, and Fonterra's operations outside Beijing.

Fonterra is part of the mission, together with PGG Wrightson Ltd, AsureQuality Ltd, AgResearch, and Lincoln and Massey universities.