India, US to renew pact on agriculture cooperation
The US and India decided to amicably resolve sanitary and phytosanitary issues.
"Issues of mutual cooperation and also cooperation for ensuring world food security were discussed," said an official statement issued by the Agriculture Ministry.
The two countries agreed to give renewed focus on cooperation in agriculture and take immediate steps for renewing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in 2010 at the earliest possible with inclusion of new areas in the light of changing requirements and circumstances, it said.
"Special emphasis was laid for transforming the structure of the cooperation vis-a-vis the current scenario requiring necessary changes as enshrined in the cooperation agreement signed in 2010," it added.
According to the Ministry's statement, the US and India also decided to amicably resolve sanitary and phytosanitary issues between the two countries for enhanced bilateral trade.
The US Ambassador put on record his appreciation of the work done by government of India and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Agriculture Food Security Programme, it added. ■