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NZ ag business leaders to network

NZN 2/07/2016

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is joining New Zealand primary sector business leaders at a "bootcamp" in the US.

The bosses of New Zealand agriculture companies have been meeting at Stanford University since 2012 to discuss ways to add value to the country's primary exports.

The group is known as the Te Hono Movement. About 130 chief executives representing 80 per cent of the New Zealand primary sector belong.

Mr Guy left New Zealand on Saturday to take part in the latest week-long bootcamp at Stanford organised by the group.

He said the meeting was an opportunity to access the university's resources and provided a platform to discuss innovation, technology and investment.

In the past, executives from local companies such as Google have attended bootcamps.

"As a government we have a goal of doubling the value of primary sector exports by 2025 and sector leaders share our ambition to explore new ways of collaboration and building capability in our people," he said.

Mr Guy will also meet with US primary industries representatives in the areas of irrigation, agri-tech, viticulture and the red meat sector.

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