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Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia's trade agreements with India could be a boost to the state.
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Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia's trade agreements with India could be a boost to the state.

Gov. Bob McDonnell is in India as he wraps up the final leg of a trade mission trip. The Governor is lauding the benefits of taking more Virginia products to an emerging nation with more than a billion consumers.

India is a valuable market for Virginia, which exported $293 million in goods to India last year. McDonnell said 52 percent of all Indian workers are engaged in agriculture, and since it's the largest industry in the state, it was a major focus of trade discussion.

The Governor told reporters on a conference call that he's already met with 60 major business leaders to explain the advantages of foreign investments in Virginia.

"Since then, we've met with many of the major Indian businesses that already have offices in Virginia, says McDonnell. "We talked to them about expansion and job-creating opportunities."

Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore was with the Governor, and he discussed what agricultural imports piqued the interests of Indian business leaders.

"We've been meeting with apple importers and process food importers, and importers of soybean oil, which we're producing a great number of in Virginia."

The Governor said the trade delegation also advanced the state's wine, tourism, biotech, nano-tech, and film industries.

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