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BIMSTEC Agriculture Meet

 

Relevance

  • GS 2: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

 

Context

  • India hosted the 8th Meeting of Agriculture Experts of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation(BIMSTEC) Countries.

 

Key points

  • Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (Indian Council of Agriculture Research)
  • chaired the meeting.
  • Thanda Kyi, Deputy Director General, Department of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Republic of the Union of Myanmar Co-Chaired the meeting.

 

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Key highlights

  • The agricultural experts at the BIMSTEC agriculture meet have favoured deepening the cooperation in the agriculture sector for food and nutritional security in the region.
  • The chairman of the BIMSTEC agriculture meet highlighted The UN Food System Summit – 2021 and the transformations happening in the agriculture and food systems globally.
  • The chairman urged for enhancing the engagement and deepening the cooperation in agriculture and allied sectors amongst the BIMSTEC Member States.
    • It is possible by encouraging exchange of knowledge, germplasm, students and experts, etc., along with the trade of technologies for developing resilient agriculture, food systems and value-chains.
  • The countries, at the BIMSTEC agriculture meet, applauded India’s offering of 6 slots of scholarships each for Masters and Ph. D. Programmes in Agriculture and its other initiatives for capacity development and training including development of seed sectors.

 

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Key discussions

  • Trans-boundary diseases of livestock and poultry
  • Aquatic animal diseases and biosecurity in aquaculture
  • Digitalization to promote precision farm

 

Technology in Agriculture: India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA)

 

BIMSTEC

  • The BIMSTEC was founded in 1997 to provides a unique link between the South and South-East Asia with 5 countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka from South Asia and two countries – Myanmar and Thailand from the South-East Asia.
  • The countries came together one platform for cooperation in 14 key economic and social sectors of the economy.
  • BIMSTEC headquarters at Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • 17th BIMSTEC summit was held in Sri Lanka in April 2021.
  • BIMSTEC new Secretary General: Tenzin Lekphell.
  • Objective: To pursue mutual trade, connectivity and cultural, technical and economic development in the region.
  • Initially, six sectors- trade, technology, energy, transport, tourism and fisheries were included for sectoral cooperation which was later expanded to 14 areas of cooperation.
  • Agriculture is one of the 14 sectors. Around 22 per cent of the global population live in BIMSTEC countries and agriculture & allied activities are central to the economic and social development of the region.

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