NZ agri companies on show in Colombia

Auckland, 30 October, 2014: New Zealand: Eight New Zealand companies were in Colombia last week, showcasing their technologies and services at one of the country’s largest agricultural trade fairs, Expo Colanta.

The trade show, held in Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, is a major event for the local agricultural industry, with 45,000 visitors through the door over the three days. This is the first year New Zealand companies have exhibited at Expo Colanta and participating companies were eager to network with farmers who supply their dairy and meat direct to Colanta, Colombia’s farming cooperative.

NZTE’s Trade Commissioner for Colombia, Rhianon Berry, says there are opportunities in Colombia for New Zealand agricultural producers to transfer their knowledge and be an important ally for Colombia as they increase their agricultural production.

Colombia and New Zealand have a similar number of dairy cattle – about 5 million – but New Zealand produces approximately four times the amount of milk. Key to New Zealand’s success is the integration of innovative technologies, which allows New Zealand dairy farmers to produce a litre of milk for half the price of a Colombian farmer.

“We believe that Colombia is one of the markets which can be more successful by learning from New Zealand’s agricultural experience and expertise,” says Rhianon

The eight New Zealand companies that participated specialise in agricultural technology solutions, equipment for animal health, pasture management services, animal genetics innovations, consultancy and training, and seed development.

The companies are: Gallagher, ISL Animal Health, Livestock Improvement Corporation, Tru-Test, National Trade Academy, Pacific Basin Exports, CRV Ambreed and New Zealand Agriseeds.

Media contact:

Dana Findlay, Corporate Communications Manager, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, phone 09 354 9058 or 027 211 2025, email dana.findlay@nzte.govt.nz