The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi has formally approved an agreement between India and Fiji for their cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.

The Bilateral agriculture pact was signed between the Indian Union Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture Ministry of Fiji. The Bilateral agreement will come into force from the date of its signing. It will continue for five years.

MoU

The MoU that was signed in the field of agriculture will help the private sectors of the countries, Both India and Fiji, to cooperate in areas which includes the promotion of joint ventures. The countries will also provide the Exchange of scientific experts, technical trainees, research personnel & specialists; Technology transfer; Development of infrastructure for agriculture; Development of human resources with the help of training officers & farmers through the means of workshops and seminars.

Joint Working Group

Both India and Fiji will also constitute a Joint Working Group in accordance with the Memorandum of understanding. The joint working group will be setting out the plan, procedures and will also be recommending the programmes of cooperation in order to achieve their objective with the help of executing agencies. The group will held the meeting once in every second year.

Significance

With the signing of the bilateral agreement, India and Fiji will be involved in the promotion of investment and marketing of the agricultural commodities. The agriculture ministries of both the countries have agreed to promote the capacity building in all the areas of agriculture besides establishing a direct trade of agriculture products. The countries would also do the joint planning & development of research proposals and execution of research & programmes projects.

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