The visiting Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation of Botswana, Dr. Lemogang Kwape held a meeting with the Indian Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar in New Delhi today to discuss the issues of cooperation between the two countries in agriculture and allied sectors, especially in the field of promoting the cultivation of nutri-cereals.
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In the meeting, both ministers expressed satisfaction at the friendly and close bilateral relations between the two countries. Tomar said that overseas Indians are making a significant contribution to the economy of Botswana. He spoke about the possibility of further enhancing bilateral trade to increase the benefits of farmers-producers of both countries. Both the ministers emphasised on promoting the cultivation of nutri-cereals on a large scale in view of their nutritious value and significance. Tomar informed that India is gearing up to celebrate the International Year of Millets on a global scale.
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Both sides also discussed the issues of market access for their agricultural products and assured each other of resolving the issues at the earliest. Since the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries in January, 2010 on cooperation in agriculture and allied sectors has expired, the two ministers agreed upon the early revival of the MoU. Dr. Kwape thanked the Indian agriculture minister for the warm welcome and hospitality and invited him to visit Botswana.