Cooperation in agriculture is important to ensure food security: Tomar

New Delhi: Cooperation in agriculture and related sectors is important to ensure food security, nutrition, environmental sustainability and support for livelihoods, Minister of Agriculture and Welfare said on Thursday. farmers, Narendra Singh Tomar.

Addressing the Second Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), the Minister said that in addition to digital and precision agriculture, initiatives as part of the “One Health” approach are taking shape in India. . “There is a need to increase technical and economic cooperation to face the challenges of climate change, agro-biodiversity, microbial preventive resistance within the framework of the One Health approach and other programs .”

He added that India is committed to promoting agricultural productivity, food security and nutrition, sustainability, research and development and enhancing cooperation with BIMSTEC in the areas of agribusiness, climate change management and digital agriculture.

Tomar urged member countries to cooperate in developing a comprehensive regional strategy to strengthen cooperation for agricultural transformation. “India has made efforts to promote millet as a nutritious food and its products during the International Year of Millet 2023. I urge member countries to embrace conducive agricultural food system and healthy diets for all. ”

The Second BIMSTEC Agriculture Ministerial Meeting adopted the Action Plan for Strengthening BIMSTEC Agricultural Cooperation (2023-2027). A Memorandum of Understanding between the BIMSTEC Secretariat and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) was signed and approval was given to integrate the fisheries and livestock sub-sectors into agricultural working group.

BIMSTEC member countries appreciated India’s efforts to enhance cooperation in agricultural research and development and for awarding six scholarships each for postgraduate and doctoral programs in agriculture.

BIMSTEC was established in 1997. It includes five South Asian countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and two Southeast Asian countries – Myanmar and Thailand.

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