Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmer Security Shire Narendra Singh Tomar chaired the 11th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit of Agriculture Ministers. Agriculture ministers from Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa discussed the theme “BRICS Partnership for Agro-Biodiversity for Food and Food Security.”
BRICS brings together the world’s emerging economies, serves 41% of the world’s population, contributes 24 percent of the world’s gross domestic product, and accounts for more than 16% of world trade.
In his opening remarks, Mr Thomas said the BRICS countries are committed to playing a leading role in helping to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate hunger and poverty. By increasing agricultural production and increasing the income of farmers, the problem of income inequality and price fluctuations can be overcome.
The Minister of Agriculture highlighted India’s efforts to protect agro-biodiversity by establishing and maintaining national genetic banks for plants, animals, fish, insects and agriculture. India is actively promoting the diversity of its agri-food systems through national programs such as cereals, oilseeds, vegetable crops, the National Bamboo Mission and the recently launched National Palm Oil Mission. The purpose of these programs is to increase the income of the farmers.
According to Shri Tommer, in preparation for India, the United Nations is declaring 2023 to be the year of the world’s weapons, and preparations are underway to celebrate the military year on a global scale. Shire Tommar said the company is focusing on capacity building in research, education, policy making, marketing and agriculture.
Shri Tommar announces the creation of BRICS Agricultural Research Forum to enhance cooperation in agricultural research and innovation.
The need for strong agricultural research in BRICS countries and the need to use and share knowledge facilitates the transfer of technologies from laboratory to ground to provide improved solutions for improved productivity, especially in climate change, conservation of agricultural biodiversity and sustainable sustainable use. Resources are recognized.
The ministers expressed interest in implementing the BRICS Agricultural Research Forum in India and encouraging research cooperation to improve the use and application of agricultural technologies to meet the needs of producers and processors. The BRICS Agricultural Research Forum (BARP) promotes collaboration in the fields of agricultural research, extension, technology transfer, training and capacity building.
Following the meeting, a joint communiqué of the 11th BRICS Agriculture Ministers’ meeting, which covered a wide range of areas of focus for future cooperation between the BRICS countries, and the implementation of the 2021-24 Action Plan for the BRICS countries. These documents were discussed in depth by senior officers at BRICS Agricultural Experts and BRICS Agriculture.
In 2021-24, the BRICS Agricultural Cooperation Action Plan was approved by the Council of Ministers. Action Plan 2021-2024 provides enhanced agricultural cooperation between the BRICS countries, focusing on food security issues, farmers’ safety, agro-biodiversity conservation, food and agricultural production systems, and the introduction of digital agricultural solutions. Etc. are essential for sustainable agricultural development.
In view of the potential of the BRICS countries to work together for food security and food security, “the protection and promotion of agricultural exploitation for nutrition and sustainability” should be included in the action plan. 2021-2024 Agricultural Cooperation for BRICS Countries.
State Minister for Agriculture and Agricultural Safety, Shri Sanjay, Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Security Sri Kailsh Chuhari, Shri Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and DG (ICAR), Shri. Abihilasha Lichi, additional secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Agricultural Safety, and Minister of Agriculture and Agricultural Safety Alcanada Dayal, attended an imaginary meeting of BRICS Agriculture Ministers.
(With PIB inputs)