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India-Brazil to Promote South-South Cooperation

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday met  Brazilian Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Supply,  Blairo Maggi to discuss various issue related to Agriculture, Livestock and Trade .  Blairo Maggi is visiting India for the BRICS Agriculture Ministers meeting to be held on 23.9.2016.

The two Ministers committed to further develop friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries and to promote South-South cooperation in order to assist developing economies in meeting their basic requirements, and also to forge closer relations, cooperation and coordination in the multilateral arena.

They also agreed that both countries need to work together to explore ways and means for enhancing bilateral trade between the two countries and committed to work expeditiously for early resolution of sanitary and phytosanitary issues for providing the required boost to bilateral trade.

India’s request for Market access of seeds of pearl, millet, sorghum, corn seeds, rape seeds and cotton for which technical information for conducting pest risk analysis was already submitted in July, 2012 as well as Brazil’s request of market access for cotton, maize, soybean, grapes, apples, oats and avocado into Indian market were also discussed.

The proposed MoU between agencies of the two countries on sharing technical information on Indian cattle breeds that form the mainstay of the Brazilian livestock population, was also discussed and it was agreed, that a technical group can sit together to resolve outstanding issues.

The two Ministers agreed to get pending market access request expeditiously examined and, if necessary utilize existing for a such as the already constituted Joint Working Group, for such technical discussions as well.