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ASEAN-India cooperation in Agriculture

India became a sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN in 1992 and a full dialogue partner in 1995 and the two have been having summit level meetings ever since 2002. An India-ASEAN Working Group on Agriculture is very important, as agriculture is a critical sector for the economy of India as well as ASEAN Member States. In view of commonality of several areas and issues, the cooperation aims to facilitate promotion of joint research for development of technologies for increasing production and productivity of crops, livestock and fisheries, and natural resources management, among others, in the region as well as in development of joint ventures, exchange of technologies, expertise and material.

The 1st ASEAN-India Agriculture Working Group Meeting was held in New Delhi on January 29-31, 2011. The meeting was attended by delegates from the ten ASEAN member States viz., Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam as also by India. Representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat also attended.

The Second Meeting of the ASEAN-India Working Group on Agriculture and Forestry was held during 6th-8th March, 2012 in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

In the course of the meeting various activities were proposed for enhancing India-ASEAN cooperation in Agriculture. These proposed activities have been confirmed by ASEAN Secretariat and they are classified under Short-Term Plan (for implementation in 2011-12), and Mid-Term Plan (for implementation during the period 2011-15). They are as under:

The 3rd ASEAN-India Working Group on Agriculture & Forestry meeting was held during 6-7 May, 2013 in New Delhi.

The 3rd ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture & Forestry was held in Malaysia on 28 September, 2013, which was attended by Hon'ble Minister of Agriculture & Food Processing Industries, Shri Sharad Pawar.