Indian Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh will participate in the IV Meeting of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development, to be held in Brazil, on 11- 13 March. Additional Secretary for Agriculture, Government of India Avinash Srivastava and delegation of other officials will also participate in the meeting.
On March 11, a seminar on Public Policy for Food and Nutrition Security and Strengthening Family Farming will be organised and also meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Agricultural Cooperation will be held.
On 12th March, a meeting of the BRICS Working Group will be continued and after the meeting Singh will visit to Brazil’s supreme institution of agricultural research ‘Embrapa Cerrados’.
Agricultural cooperation, one of the most traditional and promising areas of the BRICS, is guided by the 2012-2016 Action Plan, adopted in 2011, in China. It chose priority sectors such as exchange of information, food security, climate change, innovation and agricultural technology, and trade and investments.
The scope of this cooperation highlights the opportunities and challenges faced by the five countries. The BRICS are countries engaged with the guarantee of food security in their own countries and the world; are key actors in the production and trade of food in the world, and are holders of cutting-edge technology in varied agricultural sectors.