By Tooba Maher
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare met Ms. Ruhsar Pekcan, Turkish Trade Minister. The meeting was held for extending cooperation between the two countries through greater interaction among government agricultural institutions, experts, scientists and agro business.
The Minister, Radha Mohan Singh said that, “The government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resolved to double farmers’ income by 2022 through a series of focused programmes like Soil Health Card, organic farming, crop insurance, irrigation, e-NAM.
It has also focused on strengthening post-harvest management so as to ensure better returns to the farmers. Adding to it, India has made tremendous progress in agriculture and allied sectors in the last few years.
Interestingly now, “India has achieved food security and become a net exporter of agriculture commodities.”
The Minister urged on reflecting on the longstanding, close & friendly relations between India and Turkey. To prioritize the sectors on both sides for cooperation and also identify nodal officers so that progress can be made on the MoU signed between the two countries.
Not to forget, MoU was signed between India and Turkey based on which the 1st Meeting of the Steering Committee was held in India in 2010. A Work Plan had also been prepared.