Embassy of India

India and Lithuania agree to intensify agricultural cooperation

 

India’s Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr Mohanbhai Kundariya, held bilateral talks in Vilnius with Lithuanian Vice Minister for Agriculture Mr. Vilius Martusevičius. In delegation level talks on October 01, both sides agreed that there was significant potential for intensifying bilateral cooperation in agriculture, particularly in sectors like food and dairy processing. Mr. Kundaria was accompanied by Ambassador Ajay Bisaria, First Secretary Meena, Honorary Consul, Wing Commander Rajinder Chaudhary and senior officers of India’s Ministry of Agriculture. Senior officials of the Agriculture Ministry of Lithuania and the Ambassador of Lithuania to India Mr. Laimonas Talat-Kelpsa accompanied the Lithuanian Minister. Mr. Kundaria briefed the Lithuanian side on the latest agricultural initiatives in India including soil health cards to be given to 140 million farmers and special irrigation schemes. The Lithuanian side briefed the Indian team on the latest developments in Lithuanian agriculture, including plans to export wheat grains and dairy products. The sides agreed to collaborate in research and in the field of agricultural technology. It was agreed that a Lithuanian delegation comprising officials, scientists and business representatives would visit India to take forward the conversation. A bilateral agreement on agricultural cooperation will also be signed during the visit.

2. The bilateral meeting was preceded by a visit by the Indian delegation to Kaunas Aleksandras Stulginskis University where they were shown research facilities available for Lithuanian and foreign students in the well-equipped laboratories of the University. The Rector of the University offered to share research with Indian agriculture research institutes in areas like soil-tests, organic and digital farming.

3. The Indian delegation also met with five agricultural enterprises in Kaunas, which offered advanced technologies in hydroponics, animal by-products and fertilizer production. Ambassador Ajay Bisaria highlighted the favourable climate in India for technology companies and invited them to identify opportunities under India’s ‘Make-in-India’ campaign.

Vilnius

October 02, 2015

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