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India, the Netherlands to Strengthen Cooperation in Agriculture

India, the Netherlands to Strengthen Cooperation in Agriculture

The Dutch Ambassador to India, Mr. Alhponsus Stoelinga called on Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh here today to brief him about the current status of Indo Dutch Agriculture cooperation.

He informed the Minister about the developments in the areas of hi-tech agriculture, dairying, Post harvest management, including cold chain infrastructure.

The Dutch Ambassador expressed the hope that the ongoing dialogue between India and the Netherlands will receive a fresh impetus when the Prime Minister of Holland calls on Prime Minister Modi later this year. The three issues that came up for discussion included a review of the progress under Indo Dutch Agriculture Action plan, the co-operative governance model followed by the Rabo bank and research collaboration with the Wagenengein university of the Netherlands.

The Minister informed the Ambassador that the top priorities of his government included support for marginal and small farmers, comprehensive programme for irrigation, soil health cards, besides promotion of the indigenous breed of cattle and thrust to co-operatives and farmer organizations to achieve economies of scale and scope.