Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, recently attended the Agriculture Ministers’ Conference during the tenth Global Forum for Food and Agriculture held in Berlin, Germany. During his visit to the Conference, the Union Minister along with the Indian delegation met the Agriculture Ministers from three different countries namely, Germany, Argentina and Uzbekistan.
In his meeting with the German Agriculture Minister, Shekhawat sought an early resolution regarding the fixation of the maximum residue limit on export of Indian rice on Tricyclazole at 0.01 mg/kg by the European Union (EU) and mentioned the EU’s non acceptance of the digital phytosanitary certificates. Giving an assurance to Shekhawat, the German Minister said that he would personally take up the matter with the concerned authority in the EU and that he admired India’s advance on the digitization of the aforementioned certificate. With Zoir Mirzaev, Uzbekistans’s Minister for Agriculture and Water Management, Shekhawat discussed the possible areas of cooperation in the fields of farm machinery, skill development, crop residue management, trade prospects for Moong beans and investment opportunities available in both the countries. And finally, during his meeting with Argentina’s Minister of Agriculture, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, Shekhawat discussed areas of mutual interest in the fields of agriculture related trade seeking collaboration with the Argentinean Farm Mechanisation in a way that will suit the Indian conditions and obtained manufacturing technology of silo bag to reduce the loss due to lack of storage facilities in India.