Malaysia will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India with a view to enhance agriculture production and productivity towards food security by year-end.
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister, said the MoU would focus, among others, on exchange of ministry officers through attachment and internship programmes, research and development, capacity building, agricultural betterment and technical cooperation.
As per report , The draft agreement is ready and now the only thing remaining is to sign the document with his Indian counterpart at the end of year.
Ismail Sabri discussed the matter at the bilateral meeting of the 35th Meeting of Asean Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry, yesterday between the two countries on the sidelines .
He reports this after co-chairing with India’s Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar, at the 3rd Asean-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AIMMAF) .
The linkages between two country would be a prove good opportunity for Malaysia to study and apply India’s technology and expertise in agriculture and information technology (IT) sector, as well as India had numerous agricultural universities and 5,000 agricultural scientists, Ismail Sabri said.
The Asean-India cooperation, were pleased with this progrss of Asean-India cooperation in agriculture and forestry, as well as it continued to contribute further to the deepening of the Asean-India Strategic Partnership and support the Asean Community building efforts reported on the AIMMAF.
Industry minister of malaysia said, Building on these achievements, we reaffirm our support and commitment to enhance further Asean-India cooperation in agriculture, with special emphasis on our joint efforts to address the challenges on food security that’s becoming a global issue.
In india the fourth AIMMAF will be held in September/October next year. The 35th AIMMAF from Sept 23 to 29 also featured the 13th meeting of Asean Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry with China, Japan and South Korea yesteday.