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India to continue support to Nepal’s agriculture sector

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Both countries will give momentum in agricultural research and education, mutual recognition of inspection, testing and certification systems, trade facilitation measures, promoting exchanges between ICAR and NARC

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Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh met his Nepalese counterpart Chakra Pani Khanal, Minister for Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives in New Delhi on Tuesday and assured him of India’s support to further Nepal’s agriculture sector.

Singh said both countries are largely agrarian and agriculture has been identified by the two sides as an important area of bilateral cooperation for which we are committed to support Nepal.

In the inaugural Ministerial meeting of India-Nepal “New Partnership in Agriculture”, the two Ministers discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in the agriculture sector such as agricultural research and education, arrangement for supply of fertilisers, mutual recognition of inspection, testing and certification system, trade facilitation measures, strengthening livestock services, veterinary research and development facilities, and promoting exchanges between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC).

The Agriculture Minister also expressed happiness that a pilot project on organic farming and soil health for implementation by India in Nepal has also been finalised.

Singh further added that India will be happy to share with Nepal its experiences in implementing new initiatives for enhancing agricultural productivity and welfare of farmers. Initiatives like Soil Health Card, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, eNAM, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna among others have been yielding positive results, he said, expressing hope that the visiting delegation gained fruitful knowledge that will help improve the respective areas of agriculture and allied sectors in Nepal.

The Nepalese Agriculture Minister Chakra Pani Khanal is on a five day visit from June 19-23, 2018.

On Khanal’s invitation, Indian Agriculture Minister will visit Nepal for the next “New Partnership in Agriculture” meeting. The Minister reaffirmed his commitment to making the partnership a success.

The Prime Ministers of India and Nepal had launched the “New Partnership in Agriculture” on April 7, 2018 to increase bilateral cooperation in agricultural sector for the benefit of farmers of both the nations.

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