India hosted the 2nd BIMSTEC Agriculture Ministers meeting
India hosted the Second Agriculture Ministerial-level meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) at New Delhi on 10 November under the chairmanship of the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar.
Agriculture ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand participated in the meeting.
Tomar urged the member countries to develop a comprehensive regional strategy to strengthen cooperation for transformation in agriculture.
Referring to the International Year of Millets - 2023, he urged for adopting a healthy diet for all.
He asked the participating countries to actively participate in India's initiative to promote coarse cereals as food.
About 2nd BIMSTEC Agriculture Ministerial Meeting
The meeting adopted the Action Plan for Strengthening BIMSTEC Agricultural Cooperation (2023-2027).
An MoU was signed between the BIMSTEC Secretariat and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and approval was given to bring the fisheries and livestock sub-sectors under the Agriculture Working Group.
BIMSTEC was established in 1997.
It includes five countries of South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and two countries of South-East Asia – Myanmar and Thailand.
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