Union Cabinet approved MoU with Kenya on agriculture and allied sectors
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is one of recent initiatives under taken by India to boost bilateral cooperation with Kenya.
Union Cabinet on 4 January 2017 approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kenya in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister in New Delhi.
Highlights of the MoU
The MoU on Agriculture and Allied Sectors covers various activities that include
• Agricultural research
• Animal husbandry and Dairy
• Livestock and fisheries
• Natural resource management
• Post-harvest management and marketing
• Soil and conservation
• Water management
• Irrigation farming systems development
• Integrated watershed development
• Integrated pest management
• Agricultural plant, machinery and implements
• Sanitary and phytosanitary issues
The MoU also provides for constitution of a Joint Working Group (JWG) to develop detailed cooperation programmes. The MoU shall enter into force on the day of signing and shall remain valid for a period of five years.
The MoU shall automatically be renewed for a subsequent period of five years unless either country notifies the other in writing.
• Kenya is an East African nation with Uganda (west), South Sudan (north-west), Ethiopia (north), Somalia (northeast), Tanzania (south) as its neighbours.
• The East African coast and the west coast of India have long been linked by merchants.
• In recent times, there is a growing trade and investment partnership.
• Indian firms have invested in telecommunications, petrochemicals and chemicals, floriculture, etc. and have executed engineering contracts in the power and other sectors.
• An India-Kenya Trade Agreement was signed in 1981, under which both countries accorded Most Favoured Nation status to each other.
• India offers development assistance to Kenya in the form of loans and credit. This includes Lines of Credit by EXIM Bank to Kenya's Industrial Development Bank Capital Ltd.
• The government of India offers over 100 scholarships annually to Kenyan nationals.
• These include scholarships for professional training in various fields under the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme.