In order to strengthen the bilateral relations in the fields of agriculture, animal husbandry and allied sectors, Indian and Brazilian agriculture ministers with their respective officials had a meeting in New Delhi.
Indian Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh and Brazilian Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu, along with their respective officials discussed on various issues of mutual interest.
India and Brazil have a longstanding relationship based upon friendship, mutual respect and co-operation. Both countries have a Memorandum of Understanding between their Agriculture Ministries for furthering mutual cooperation in the areas of agriculture, animal husbandry and other allied activities, and aimed at sharing the benefits of research, technology and a wide range of other incidental activities.
Similarly, both countries have an MoU between Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in the areas of research, exchange of technology, trainings and visits of personnel.
Further, both the countries now intend to enter into an MoU between National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and EMBRAPA for taking up collaborative projects in the fields of productivity improvement of cattle and buffaloes through exchange of advanced breeding technology, knowledge sharing, institutional strengthening and exchange of genetic material for mutual benefits.
The meeting concluded with both India and Brazil agreeing to take the present relationship of mutual cooperation to higher level of engagement in the interest of both the countries.