March 20, 2023

The settlement between India and Fiji was signed throughout a digital assembly, Government of India stated.

New Delhi:

India and Fiji on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation within the area of agriculture and allied sectors.

The settlement was signed by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Fiji’s Minister of Agriculture, Waterways and Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy throughout a digital assembly, the Government of India stated in a press release.

India’s Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture would be the Executing Agencies from respective sides.

The signing of this MoU at present will show to be a milestone in additional strengthening the multi-faceted cooperation between the 2 international locations, Mr Tomar asserted.

During the assembly, he stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has targeted on agriculture and the event of villages from the very starting.

Stressing that cordial and pleasant relations between India and Fiji are based mostly on mutual respect, cooperation and robust cultural and people-to-people ties, he stated: “Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Fiji and the first Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation have given a new impetus to India’s engagement with Fiji and the Pacific region.”

On cooperation between each the international locations, he stated: “Food and agriculture are closely related to climate change. Both countries are cooperating in dealing with global challenges in this regard. Despite the COVID pandemic, we have been able to distribute about 7 tonnes of seeds of 14 varieties of fruits and vegetables as requested by Fiji, as a grant from the Government of India, for the livelihood restoration of communities affected by Cyclone Yasa.”

Fiji’s Minister Dr Reddy expressed happiness over the signing of the MoU, stating that each international locations will hold their mutual relations dynamic in the identical spirit.

The MoU gives for cooperation within the fields of Dairy Industry Development, Rice Industry Development, Root crop diversification, Water Resources Management, Coconut Industry Development, Food Processing Industry Development, Agriculture Mechanization, Horticulture Industry Development, Agricultural Research, Animal Husbandry, Pest and Disease, Cultivation, Value Addition and Marketing, Post-Harvest and Milling, Breeding and Agronomy.

Under the MoU, a Joint Working Group will likely be established to set down procedures and plan and advocate applications of cooperation in the direction of reaching its goals. The Working Group will maintain its conferences alternately in India and Fiji as soon as each two years.

The MoU will stay legitimate for a interval of 5 years from the date of its signing and any variation to its period will likely be permitted in writing by each Parties.

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