Business Forum on “Exploring the Cooperation in Agribusiness Industry”

Sri Lanka – Australia-New Zealand business council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (SLANZBC) organised an  Business Forum with Mike Petersen the special Agricultural trade Envoy (SATE) from the New Zealand Government.    This was made possible by Senaka Silva, Honorary Consul for New Zealand. Forum was held on Tuesday 18th September 2018 at the Colombo Swimming Club.

Mike was accompanied by Andrew Traveller, New Zealand & Neil Kennington, Regional Agriculture Attaché to New ———-Zealand High Commission in New Delhi, India|

The topic discussed was “Exploring the Cooperation in Agribusiness Industry”.

Mike Peterson was appointed as New Zealand’s Special Agriculture Trade Envoy (SATE) by the Minister of Trade and Minister for Primary Industries in July 2013.  The role of the Special Envoy is to travel outside New Zealand and advocate for international trade from a farmer’s perspective. Mike is a successful farmer and industry leader in the New Zealand agricultural community.

Forum was well attended with over 30 members participation from various aspects of Agri business in Sri Lanka.

Mr Ruwan Rajapakse, Managing Director or Jiffy Products S.L. (Pvt) Ltd and also representing the Committee of SLANZBC welcomed the gathering.

Mr Senaka Silva Hon. Consul for New Zealand in Sri Lanka who was the Guest of Honour elaborated the importance of business forums of this nature and thanked Mike Peterson for agreeing to be with Chamber members to share his experience.

Opening the floor from Sri Lankan Agri business perspective Mr Rizvi Zaheed, Chairman, National Agri Business Council outlined the Agri sector challenges highlighting sustainable farming and its contribution to the economy.

Chief Guest: Mr Mick Peterson, New Zealand Special Agriculture Trade Envoy gave an overview of various primary sector interests in New Zealand including horticulture, wine, dairy, beef, lamb and wool. He also gave insights on the New Zealand’s agricultural reforms in the late 1980s. As a farmer and industry leader in New Zealand, Mr Petersen shared his experience and his perspective on New Zealand’s domestic agricultural industry,  new innovations in sustainable farming, as well as discussing some of the challenges New Zealand has faced in turning an isolated, small country into one of the most successful exporting nations in the world.

Ms Thamari Senanayake, Director of Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka and Vice President of  SLANZBC wrapped up the Q&A session.  Mr Peterson and Mr Neil Kennington took their time to also clarify and educate the members on their queries and support they could get from New Zealand expertise.