A virtual meeting aimed at strengthening agriculture cooperation was recently held between Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, and Janusz Wojciechowski, Member of the European Commission, Agriculture.
Key details of the Meet:
- Strong momentum of the India-EU relations especially since the last India-EU Summit in July 2020 was acknowledged.
- Both dignitaries discussed EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and the recent India market reforms; EU Farm to Fork Strategy and UN Food System Summit and bilateral cooperation.
- They also discussed the G20 Agriculture Minister Process and fixation of the Maximum Residue Limit of Tricyclazole in Indian Basmati Rice by the EU.
- The Member of the European Commission, Agriculture explained in detail the recent reforms undertaken by EU in Common Agriculture Policy and EU Farm to Fork Strategy in order to make agriculture green & sustainable.
- The members also mentioned that EU has set a target of bringing 25 percent of the area in the EU under Organic Farming by 2030.
- The Union Minister too explained the scenario of agriculture in India and the dominance of small farmers and the commitment of the Government of India (GoI) towards the welfare of farmers in India.
- Agriculture Minister Tomar also highlighted the recent initiatives taken by the Government to increase farmer’s income, the launch of the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, agriculture marketing infrastructure for rural areas, scheme of formation of 10000 FPOs to help small and marginal farmers in marketing of agricultural produce.
- He enlisted the steps being taken by the GoI to make agriculture sustainable and environment friendly which included encouragement of application nano-urea and Organic Farming under the Pramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana.
- He also explained the initiative of encouraging organic farming on either side of the Ganga river up to 5 Km through the formation of clusters wherein 11 lakh farmers have already enrolled.
India’s support to UN Food System Summit:
- The Agriculture Minister acknowledged India’s support to the UN Food Systems Summit.
- He also informed the EU delegation that he will be leading the India delegation to the Pre-Summit being organized from 26th to 28th July 2021 virtually.
Maximum Residual Limit (MRL):
- The Union Minister also raised the issue of fixing the Maximum Residual Limit (MRL) of Tricyclazole used in rice crops.
- This has been a concern for India and is affecting India’s Basmati Rice Exports to the EU.
- All the required studies and documents have been submitted to the EU in May-2021 and MRL will be fixed by the second quarter of 2022 before next season.