A Canadian delegation led by Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall met Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh. Singh said that the bilateral relations between the two countries are touching new horizons. The State visit of Prime Minister Harper to India in November 2012 provided a necessary ignition for warming up already strengthened relationship between the two countries. Singh briefed the delegation about the cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sector since the signing of an MoU in 2009.
On the request of Canada, India has been making an interim arrangement for import of peas and pulses under which these commodities are fumigated with Methyl on their arrival at Indian ports to mitigate risk of quarantine nematodes since 2004. This practice is being extended from time to time and the current one has been extended up to 31st March, 2015 to facilitate smooth trade between the two countries, Singh said.
The Minister said that India is in need of low-cost efficient energy and ecologically sustainable cold chain technologies, requiring an estimated investment of US $ 2 billion.
Singh said that India would like Canada to increase their imports from India because Indian exports of agricultural commodities to Canada were of US $ 345.71 million, while imports from Canada were of US $ 771.86 million. Both the countries agreed to further boost their trade relations in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.