U.P – Dutch collaboration firmed up
across sectors in Uttar Pradesh
· Netherlands ‘Trade Desk’ inaugurated in Lucknow
· Soon, MoU to be signed between CSA Agriculture University, Kanpur & Wageningen University, Netherlands to set up Centre for Excellence for potato research
· Two dairies in NOIDA & Meerut to be modernised with Dutch support
· Cooperation between Dutch Rabobank and U.P. Cooperative Bank is being explored
· Dutch team suggests ‘Farmer Producer Companies’ and strengthening of cooperative culture to enhance quality, aggregation and value-addition of agri-products
· Starting from NOIDA, cycle tracks to be built in NCR, Lucknow & Agra
· Advanced technology offered for road construction; energy saving street lighting & solar powered irrigation pumps
· Heritage lighting to be taken up by Phillips in Lucknow & Agra
· Mega Food Park to come up in Moradabad
Lucknow | September 16, 2014:
Encouraged by the constructive and investor-friendly approach of State government under the progressive leadership Hon’ble Chief Minister, Mr Akhilesh Yadav, the delegation from Netherlands, headed by Dutch Ambassador HE Alphonsus Stoelinga exuded confidence that business and technology cooperation with Uttar Pradesh will gradually take concrete shape for mutual benefit of both regions. The Ambassador said, “With 200 million people and a reasonable growth rate, Uttar Pradesh holds enormous potential for business cooperation and collaboration in technology upgradation.”
“The tremendous prospects here have been taken up by Netherlands very seriously and it is signified by newly inaugurated Netherlands ‘Trade Desk’ in Lucknow”, he added. The Ambassador appreciated the setting up of ‘single window’ facility by the State government in the form of Netherlands Desk, headed by MD, U.P. State Tourism Development Corp, Mr Shashank Vikram.
The 20-member delegation from Netherlands today wrapped up their State visit with a marathon meeting with Principal Secretaries of various departments under the Chairmanship of Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC), Mr V N Garg here today.
Principal Secretary, Infrastructure & Industrial development, Mr Sanjiv Saran listed out the sectors and specific projects which had been identified to be taken up immediately. He informed that after meeting with Hon’ble Chief Minister last evening, Agriculture, Dairy, Food Processing and cold-chains had been recognised as priority areas for cooperation between U.P. and Netherlands. Additionally, he informed that Netherlands would provide extensive technology cooperation in road building, street lighting, heritage lighting, waste water treatment, irrigation technology, healthcare, etc.
Mr Saran said, “Very soon, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between CSA Agriculture University, Kanpur and Wageningen University, Netherlands to set up Centre for Excellence for potato research and extension.”
APC, Mr V N Garg directed the Vice-Chancellor of CSA Agriculture University, Prof Munna Singh to prepare a draft MoU and provide it to the representative Netherlands Agro Food & Technology Centre (NAFTC). It was informed that a NAFTC team would visit U.P. next week in this concern. Mr Garg assured Mr. Arun Sinha- Managing Director of Alar Infrastructures Pvt Ltd. full government support in proposed Mega Food Park at Moradabad, which is being set up with Dutch tie-up in 90 acres of land
Moreover, one dairy each at NOIDA and Meerut will be modernised for high-value product diversification and upgrading of processing technology. APC asked the NAFTC official to conduct a study of dairies to be upgraded and suggest the process for modernisation.
As a counter to fragmented land-holdings in the State, the Dutch Ambassador suggested for forming the ‘Farmer Producer Companies’ and strengthening of cooperative mechanism to enhance quality, aggregation and value-addition of agri-products. He said that land-banks should also be made towards this purpose.
Mr Sanjiv Saran said that Rabobank, the global leader in Food and Agri financing, may collaborate with U.P. Cooperative Bank for possible adoption of working mechanism here. It was also informed that Rabobank will do the match-making between the Dutch investors and sectors here for investment.
With Hon’ble Chief Minister’s emphasised priority on green transport through building of cycle tracks in major cities of Uttar Pradesh, it was requested that Royal Haskoening DHV Company might assist in the development of cycle tracks through City Council of Hague along with knowhow and technical assistance for development of cycle paths and related infrastructure. Likewise, the company will also assist with new technology in water waste treatment.
It was decided that of the five sites in NCR, Lucknow and Agra, construction of Cycle-tracks would be started from NOIDA and then in Lucknow and Agra.
State government has agreed to provide a 25 Km stretch to KABA Infratech Pvt. Ltd. for showcasing the upgraded technology of road construction, which reduces costs and extends durability. Similarly, the leader in lighting equipment, Phillips has agreed to implement energy saving LED lighting of streets and heritage lighting in Lucknow and Agra. For which proposal for Lucknow would be submitted by coming Friday and for Agra on next Wednesday.
Dutch have also offered to introduce technology for making tube-wells compatible with solar power, water treatment technology for restoration of lakes, including Motijheel at Lucknow and elevated roads on drains (Nallah). It was informed that substantive talks had been held with Urban Development department in this concern.
Similarly, as desired by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Netherland will collaborate in mobile healthcare vans for encephalitis detection in eastern U.P. on the lines of cancer screening vans under operation there.
Led by the H.E. Alphonsus Stoelinga, the delegation was mainly represented by Mr. Michiel Bierkens- Head of Economic Cluster, Mrs. Rima Yadav-Senior policy advisor, Mr.JVL Narayana- Managing Director at Royal Haskoning DHV, Mr. Rakesh Sharma- Senior Director at Philips Electronics India Limited, Mr. Arun Sinha- Managing Director at Alar Infrastructures Pvt Ltd , Mr. Vincent van Noord- Managing Director at Ansterdam ArenA, Mr. Anurag Chaturvedi- Managing Director at KABA Infratech Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Ravinder- of NAFTC.
State government officials who attended the meeting included Principal Secretary, Horticulture – Mr Arun Singhal, Principal Secretary, Medical, Health & Family Welfare – Mr Arvind Kumar, Secretary, Public Works Department – Dr Hariom, Vice Chairman, Lucknow Development Authority – M P Agarwal.