India-Fiji MoU for Cooperation in Agriculture

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in agriculture & allied sectors was signed between Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Fiji’s Minister of Agriculture, Waterways & Environment, Dr. Mahendra Reddy.

Key Points

  • India and Fiji share a cordial and friendly relations based on mutual respect, cooperation and strong cultural & people-to-people ties.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Fiji and first Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation have given a new boost to India’s engagement with Fiji and Pacific region.
  • In the lines, signing of this MoU will further strengthen the multi-faceted cooperation between both the countries.

Cooperation between countries

Food and agriculture are closely associated to climate change. Both countries are cooperating to deal with global challenges in agriculture. Amid the covid-19 pandemic, India have distributed about 7 tonnes of seeds of 14 varieties of fruits and vegetables to Fiji as a grant for livelihood restoration of communities who were affected by Cyclone Yasa.

About MoU

MoU between both the countries provides for cooperation in fields of Dairy Industry Development, Root crop diversification, Rice Industry Development, Water Resources Management, Food Processing Industry Development, Coconut Industry Development, Agriculture Mechanization, Animal Husbandry, Agricultural Research, Horticulture Industry Development, Pest & Disease, Cultivation, Value Addition & Marketing, Post-Harvest & Milling, Breeding & Agronomy. MoU will be executed by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, India and Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji.  A Joint Working Group will also be established to set down procedures. MoU will be valid for five years.

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