India, China sign agri cooperation pact...

New Delhi, March 29 | Updated: Mar 31 2006, 05:30am hrs
India and China have signed an agreement for cooperation in agriculture with exchange of germplasm and development of transgenic crops top on the agenda.

The agreement was signed after official level talks between agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and his Chinese counterpart Du Qinglin. Mr Qinglin alongwith a six-member official delegation is presently on a visit to India.

According to an official press release issued on Wednesday, the agreement identifies many areas of cooperation like crop production, agriculture biotechnology, farm mechanisation, exchange of plant and animal germplasm and collaborative research. Detailed modalities of cooperation are to be worked out by a joint committee headed by secretary in-charge of agriculture on each side. They will be assisted by a team of experts in drawing up a detailed action plan.

It was agreed that the joint panel and experts will meet in China in June or July to carry forward the agenda of cooperation.

FARM FRONT

The pact identifies areas like crop production, agriculture biotechnology, farm mechanisation, exchange of plant and animal germplasm, etc
Modalities of the cooperation will be worked out by a joint committee headed by secretary in-charge of agriculture on each side

Both India and China agreed that trade in agriculture, horticulture, fishery and other relevant produce should play an ever increasing role in economic relations between the two countries. They felt that private enterprises should be involved in the process. Both sides agreed to cooperate on the management of Avian Flu and facilitate exchange of information.