Premier Alison Redford has signed a memorandum of understanding with the State of Meghalaya in India that she says will benefit Alberta’s agriculture industry.

The agreement will mean an increase in the sale of livestock genetics from Alberta to India — a move that Redford said will increase trade and co-operation between the two partners.

“This region of India has a population of more than 40 million — that’s more than Canada’s population — and it holds huge opportunities for Alberta agriculture producers,” said Redford in a release Sunday.

“In particular, this means Alberta’s innovative and efficient pork producers will have new and exciting opportunities in India,” she said of the agreement, which will see an increase in the swine genetic materials to India.

Redford said the deal will also increase trade on products such as agricultural machinery, canola, pulse crops like dry beans, chickpeas and lentils.

The signing of the memorandum came on the first day of Redford’s trade mission to India.