The Union Cabinet on 30 November 2017 approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Italy for cooperation in Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues. The cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The agreement will replace the earlier MoU, which was signed in January 2008 and is about to expire in January 2018.
• The MoU aims to boost cooperation in the field of Phytosanitary issues, agricultural production and a wide range of other sectors including animal husbandry, agricultural research, food processing and other additional fields.
• It has provision for exchange of information regarding the situation of agriculture and rural development, strengthening of technical exchange and production cooperation, removal of technical barriers and exchange of experiences in animal husbandry sector including modern scientific researches and technologies.
• The MoU also provides for setting up of a Joint Working Group in order to promote bilateral exchanges in the field of agriculture and consider long-term initiatives for agricultural cooperation and promote cooperation in order to reduce phytosanitary risks in exported goods also through the definition of specific joint procedures.
The agreement is also expected to encourage and facilitate contacts between governmental agencies, scientific and academic institutions and business communities of both countries and promote further cooperation between the respective research institutes of the two nations.
Who: Union Cabinet