Malaysia ties in with India on agriculture

Malaysia ties in with India on agriculture

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia and India will ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on issues concerning agriculture and food security.

"The draft agreement is ready and I plan to go to New Delhi at the end of this year to sign the document with my Indian counterpart," said Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The MoU would provide for, among others, exchanges of ministry officers through attachment and internship programmes, research and development, capacity building and technical cooperation.

Ismail Sabri said this after co-chairing the 3rd ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AIMMAF) with India's Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar here yesterday.

He said the matter was discussed at a bilateral meeting between the two countries on the sidelines of the 35th Meeting of ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry on Friday.

"Cooperation with India would be a good opportunity for Malaysia to study and apply India's technology and expertise in agriculture and the information technology (IT) sector.

"India has numerous agricultural universities and 5,000 agricultural scientists," added Ismail Sabri.

On the AIMMAF, the minister said both sides were pleased with the progress of ASEAN-India cooperation in agriculture and forestry as it contributed to the deepening of the ASEAN-India strategic partnership and supported the ASEAN community building efforts.

The fourth AIMMAF will be held in India in about a year's time.

At the end of the ASEAN ministers meeting, Ismail Sabri accompanied delegates to the Petronas Twin Towers and shown around by Petronas chairman Tan Sri Sidek Hassan.

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