INDIA - In order to increase cooperation in the field of agriculture, a Canadian delegation led by Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall met Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh recently.
Mr Singh said that bilateral relations between the two countries are touching new horizons and both the countries agreed to further boost their trade relations in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.
India would like Canada to increase their imports from India because Indian exports to agricultural commodities to Canada were of the order of $345.71 million while imports from Canada were of the order of $771.86 million, Mr Singh stressed.
Mr Singh said, on the request of Canada, India is having an interim arrangement for import of peas and pulses under which these commodities are fumigated with Methyl on their arrival at Indian Ports to mitigate risk of quarantine nematodes since 2004.
This practice is being extended from time to time and the current one has been extended up to March 31, 2015 to facilitate smooth trade between the two countries.
The minister also said that India is in need of low cost/energy efficient and ecological sustainable cold chain technologies requiring an estimated investment of $2 billion.
Mr Singh also briefed the delegation about the cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sector since the signing of an memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2009.