Farm-to-port: PM Narendra Modi’s special project to feed UAE

By: | Updated: March 6, 2017 1:39 PM

For UAE's food security interests, India and the Emirates are drawing up ambitious plans. According to a report, a "farm-to-port" project will be the first step in this direction.

MOUs were signed between the two countries when Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan came to India in January for Republic Day celebrations and when PM Narendra Modi went tlo Abu Dhabi in 2015.

For UAE’s food security interests, India and the Emirates are drawing up ambitious plans. According to a Times of India report, a “farm-to-port” project will be the first step in this direction, said Amar Sinha, secretary in the ministry of external affairs. This project will be in the style of corporatised farm where crops would be grown keeping a specific UAE market in mind. The concept has been accepted by both governments, the report added. MOUs were signed between the two countries when Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan came to India in January for Republic Day celebrations and when PM Narendra Modi went tlo Abu Dhabi in 2015.

Stating that India regards UAE as an important partner in India’s Growth story, PM Narendra Modi and the UAE Crown Prince signed a MoU in the field of agriculture and allied sectors, earlier this year. “The MoU will be mutually beneficial to both countries. It will promote understanding of best agricultural practices in the two countries and will help in better productivity at farmer fields as well as improved global market access leading to equity and inclusiveness. Cooperation in agricultural technology will lead to innovative techniques for increasing production and productivity leading to strengthening of food security,” said a PIB release.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited United Arab Emirates in 2015. He was the first Indian prime minister to visit the UAE after Indira Gandhi, who visited the country in 1981. “The visit of an Indian Prime Minister to UAE after 34 years marks the beginning of a new and comprehensive strategic partnership between India and UAE in a world of multiple transitions and changing opportunities and challenges,” PIB said in a press release.

The two leaders also agreed upon promoting scientific collaboration, including in the areas of renewable energy, sustainable development, arid agriculture, desert ecology, urban development and advanced healthcare.

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