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New Delhi: Minister of Agriculture and Union Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar chaired the 11and Meeting of Agriculture Ministers of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). Ministers of Agriculture from Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa deliberated virtually on the theme “BRICS Partnership for Enhancing Agro-biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Security”. The BRICS group together the main emerging economies of the world, hosting 41% of the world’s population, contributing 24% of world GDP and accounting for more than 16% of world trade.

In her opening remarks, Shri Tomar said that BRICS countries are well placed to play a leading role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals aimed at eradicating hunger and poverty. By increasing agricultural production and increasing farmers’ incomes, the problem of income inequality and food price volatility can be overcome.

The Minister of Agriculture highlighted India’s efforts to preserve agro-biodiversity by establishing and maintaining the national gene banks for important plants, animals, fish, insects and micro-organisms for agriculture in different respective offices. India is actively promoting the diversification of its agrifood systems through national programs such as pulses, oilseeds, horticultural crops, the National Bamboo Mission and the recently launched National Palm Oil Mission. The goal of these programs is to increase farmers’ incomes while providing both farm and fork diversification.

Shri Tomar said that at the initiative and proposal of India, the United Nations has declared the year 2023 the International Year of Millet and preparations are underway to celebrate the International Year of Millet globally. Shri Tomar informed that India is focusing on capacity building in research, education, policy making, trade and cultivation of nutritious grains which will benefit farmers while preserving the amazing diversity available in this crop group. Shri Tomar informed that the BRICS Agricultural Research Platform was established to promote cooperation in agricultural research and innovations and its implementation started today.

The strong agricultural research base in BRICS countries and the need to harness and share knowledge, facilitate technology transfer from the lab to the ground to provide improved solutions for increased productivity, especially in the face of climate change , maintain agrobiodiversity and ensure sustainable use of natural resources resources have been recognized.

The ministers expressed their intention to operationalize the BRICS agricultural research platform developed by India and to encourage research cooperation to improve the use and application of agricultural technologies to meet the needs of producers and consumers. transformers. The BRICS Agricultural Research Platform (BARP) will foster cooperation in agricultural research, extension, technology transfer, training and capacity building.

After the meeting, a joint statement of the eleventh meeting of BRICS agriculture ministers covering a wide range of priority areas for future cooperation between BRICS countries and the action plan for 2021-24 for agricultural cooperation of the countries BRICS and the BRICS Agricultural Research Platform were adopted. These documents were discussed in depth at the meetings of BRICS agriculture experts and the BRICS agriculture working group at the senior management level.

The 2021-2024 action plan for agricultural cooperation of the BRICS countries was adopted during the meeting of ministers. The 2021-2024 action plan provides for enhanced cooperation in the field of agriculture between the BRICS countries and focuses on the themes of food security, the well-being of farmers, the conservation of agrobiodiversity, the resilience of food and agricultural production systems, the promotion of digital agricultural solutions, etc. which are an integral part of the sustainable development of agriculture.

Given the potential of BRICS countries to collaborate to advance the cause of agrobiodiversity for food security and nutrition, it was proposed to include “Conservation and promotion of agrobiodiversity for nutrition and sustainability” as an area priority for collaboration in the action plan. 2021-2024 for agricultural cooperation of BRICS countries.

Kailash Choudhary, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and CEO (ICAR) , Abhilaskha Likhi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Ms. Alaknanda Dayal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare attended the Virtual Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture Agriculture of the BRICS.

Lana T. Arthur