The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare
Shri Radha Mohan Singh met Mr. Suhrob Kholmuradov, Deputy Prime Minister,
Uzbekistan and Chairman of the State Investment Committee in Krishi Bhawan, New
Delhi 27 June 2018 and sought to strengthen bilateral cooperation in
agriculture and allied sectors, says an official release.
Union Agriculture Minister reiterated India’s
tremendous progress in the agriculture sector and its commitment to double
farmers’ income by 2022 through a series of reforms, namely Soil Health Card,
Organic Farming, Crop insurance, irrigation, eNAM etc. He said India has
become one of the most preferred investment destinations of the world.
Shri Singh said, “We are ready to partner with
Uzbekistan in providing training and sharing expertise in skill development,
effective and optimum use of water for dry lands, integrated farming systems,
mechanization and farm machinery,” adding India can provide training to
Uzbekistan for the development of Green House with the help of Centre of
India is currently importing moong, natural gum,
walnut, chickpeas, and juices from Uzbekistan. The Union Minister urged Mr.
Suhrob to also consider importing mango, potato, wheat, meslin, sugar etc. from
Shri Singh stressed on the importance of constitution
of agricultural clusters for small and marginal farmers and fragmented land
holdings and offered to share India’s experience in the formation of FPOs and
cooperatives in order to ensure better returns to farmers. He also assured the
Deputy Prime Minister that the revised draft agreement on cooperation in the field
of Plant Quarantine as proposed by Uzbekistan is under active consideration.
The Minister also called for the need to promote
interaction among government agricultural institutions, experts, scientists and
agro business. He further expressed interest to work together in the area of
animal husbandry and was willing to assist in setting up food processing
industries in Uzbekistan.