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Cabinet approves MoU with Egypt on cooperation in agriculture, allied sectors

New Delhi, Sep 12 (UNI) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Egypt for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.
Briefing mediapersons after the Cabinet meeting, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Radha Mohan Singh said the MoU provides for cooperation in areas of agricultural crops (especially wheat and maize), agricultural biotechnology, nanotechnology, irrigation and water management technology including water harvesting and micro-irrigation technology, management of agriculture wastes management for energy production; food security, safety and quality; horticulture and organic agriculture.
The MoU also provides for cooperation in areas of livestock husbandry, livestock breeding, dairying, fisheries, feed and fodder production; animal products and value addition; sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues concerning trade in plant and animal products; agriculture machinery in small scale; agri-business and marketing; pre and post-harvest procedures; food technology and processing.
The MoU seeks cooperation in areas of integrated pest management in agriculture; agricultural extension and rural development; agricultural trade and investment; intellectual property rights issues; technical know-how and human resources in seed sector; infrastructure development and capacity building in agriculture and allied sectors and other related areas of interest that are mutually agreed upon by both parties.
Cooperation will also be effected through exchange of research scientists and experts; exchange of agricultural information and scientific publications (journals, books, bulletins, statistical data on agriculture and allied sectors); exchange of germplasm and agriculture technology; and conducting joint seminars, workshops, symposiums and other similar activities.
Under the MoU, a Joint Working Group (JWG) will be formed to enhance cooperation on matters of mutual interest including consultations on bilateral issues.
The JWG will meet at least annually in the initial two years, alternately in India and Egypt to formulate joint work programs, facilitation and consultation, including making additional supplementary engagements with regard to specific issues.
UNI NY/ VT 1730
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