India and Lithuania agreed that there are significant potential for intensifying bilateral cooperation in agriculture, particularly in sectors like food and dairy processing. Both countries joined hands after a meeting of Minister of State for Agriculture, Mohanbhai Kundariya, with Lithuanian vice Minister for Agriculture Vilius MartuseviÄius in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Heads of various departments of agriculture of Lithuania attended the meeting. Kundaria briefed the Lithuanian side on the latest agricultural initiatives in India including soil health cards to be given to 140 million farmers and special irrigation schemes The sides agreed to collaborate in research and agricultural technology. It was agreed that a Lithuanian delegation comprising of senior executives of the ministry, scientists and business representatives would visit India to take forward the conversations. A bilateral agreement on agricultural cooperation will also be signed during the visit.
The bilateral meeting was preceded by a visit by the Indian delegation to Kaunas Agricultural University where they were shown research facilities available for Lithuanian and foreign students in the well-equipped laboratories of the University.
The Rector of the University offered to share research with Indian agriculture research institutes in fields of the soil-tests, organic and digital farming.
The Indian delegation also met with agricultural enterprises in Kaunas who showed willingness to work with Indian companies under Make in India scheme. Ambassador Ajay Bisaria of India to Lithuania highlighted the favourable factors available in India for manufacturing companies under the ‘Make-in-India’ campaign. The ambassador invited Lithuanian companies as partners in India’s new economic growth story, as India gears up for a phase of active and focused engagement with Central Europe.