New Delhi [India], October 27 (ANI): The 7th ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting (AIMMAF) on Agriculture and Forestry took place on Wednesday in virtual mode.
The meeting was co-chaired by the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar. It also marked the presence of Agriculture Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam also participated in the meeting, according to an official statement of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, in his opening remarks during the meeting, reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of keeping ASEAN at the centre of India’s Act East Policy and also emphasised on mutually close regional cooperation with ASEAN to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth for agricultural development in the region.
Referring to the importance of millet (nutritional-cereals) as a nutritious food and the international nutritional-cereal year 2023, Tomar urged the ASEAN member countries to support the efforts of India in increasing the production, processing, value addition and consumption of millets.
He further said that India will promote nutritious cereal products for the health and nutrition of the people. Nutritious cereals help in the creation of nutritious, with low resource requirements and more efficient agri-food systems, the official statement read.
In the meeting, the progress in the implementation of various programs and activities under the Medium Term Action Plan of ASEAN-India Cooperation (Year: 2021-2025) was reviewed.
The meeting also welcomed the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-India relations.
In the meeting, the commitment to ASEAN-India cooperation in agriculture and forestry was reaffirmed. It was said in the meeting that in order to mitigate the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring a seamless flow of safe and nutritious agricultural products to ASEAN and India, It is necessary to take continuous measures under ASEAN-India cooperation for the implementation of post-pandemic recovery.
Union Minister Narendra Tomar committed to enhancing India’s cooperation with ASEAN in food security, nutrition, climate change adaptation, digital farming, nature-friendly agriculture, food processing, value chain, agricultural marketing and capacity building, the press release read. (ANI)
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