India & Egypt to work jointly on agriculture and allied sectors

India and Egypt will work together in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved signing of a MoU between the two countries.

The MoU between two countries 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.

The two countries have also agreed to cooperate over management of agriculture wastes management for energy production; food security, safety and quality; horticulture; organic agriculture; 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.

The agriculture machinery in small scale; agri-business and marketing; pre and post-harvest procedures; food technology and processing; 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 too have been agreed upon by both the parties.
Cooperation between the two countries will also be effected through an exchange of research scientists and experts; exchange of agricultural information and scientific publications; 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.

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