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India urges for BRICS support for oilseeds, pulses

There is ample scope for cooperation in agricultural trade among these nations, says Radha Mohan Singh

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Publish Date: Sep 24 2016 2:25PM | Updated Date: Sep 24 2016 2:25PM

India urges for BRICS support for oilseeds, pulses

 India has urged BRICS nations to help it meet supply-demand gap in pulses and edible oils in the nation.

 
The Centre may seek cooperation from other BRICS member countries (Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa) to meet production deficit in crops like pulses and oilseeds, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said at a two-day conference of Agriculture Ministers of BRICS nations in the national capital.
 
Singh said there is ample scope for cooperation in agricultural trade among these nations. 
 
"All must work together to enhance trade among our countries by resolving market access issues, he added".
 
He said advanced working models must be developed.
 
As per officials, the Centre had started importing pulses through Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation (MMTC) and even entered into an arrangement with Mozambique for long-term supply of lentils.
 
A joint statement at the end of the meeting of the BRICS Agriculture and Agrarian Development Ministers, agreed to declare year 2016 as the International Year of Pulses.