29 Jan 2013

NZ to run agricultural training programme in Chile

2:55 pm on 29 January 2013

New Zealand is to run an agricultural training project in Chile.

The Chilean government has announced that New Zealand will be running the four-year initiative, aimed at revamping agricultural productivity in the South American country.

Chile says it hopes the programme will help improve the effectiveness of the agricultural subsidies it pays its farmers and attract more skilled workers to the sector.

Ag Services, a subsidiary of New Zealand agricultural training organisation AgITO, will be running the programme.

The Ministry for Primary Industries says Ag Services will be developing an effective labour training model for the Chilean agricultural sector and training programmes for smallholder farmers.

The ministry says the programme complements New Zealand's commercial interests in Chile. Chief among those is the Fonterra-owned Chilean dairy company Soprole.