Radha Mo­han Singh,

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Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture & Farm­ers Wel­fare

Union Min­is­ter of State for Agri­cul­ture & FW, Shri Ga­jen­dra Singh Sekhawat led an In­dian del­e­ga­tion com­pris­ing of Dr. OP Chaud­hury, Joint Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of An­i­mal Husbandry, Dairy­ing & Fish­eries and HK Suan­thang, Di­rec­tor, DACFW, to par­tic­i­pate in the Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters’ Con­fer­ence held on 20.01.2018 in Ber­lin, Ger­many dur­ing the 10th Global Fo­rum for Food and Agri­cul­ture. The Con­fer­ence, or­gan­ised with the theme of “Shap­ing the Fu­ture of Live­stock – Sus­tain­ably, Re­spon­si­bly, Ef­fi­ciently” was at­tended by 69 agri­cul­tural min­is­ters and heads of 6 in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing FAO, WTO and World Or­gan­i­sa­tion for An­i­mal Health (OIE). A Com­mu­niqué was is­sued by the Min­is­ters to safe­guard the sup­ply of and ac­cess to suf­fi­cient, safe, nu­tri­ents and af­ford­able food from live­stock pro­duc­tion for the grow­ing world pop­u­la­tion. Union Min­is­ter of State high­lighted In­dia’s im­pres­sive per­for­mance in the dairy, meat and poul­try sec­tor and the ini­tia­tives taken by In­dia in the field of dis­eases con­trol and an­i­mal wel­fare. Shri Sekhawat also stressed the ac­tions taken by In­dia to mit­i­gate the ef­fect of cli­mate change, both in the an­i­mal and crop sec­tor and called upon the de­vel­oped coun­tries to abide by the principles of equity but com­mon and dif­fer­en­ti­ated re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to­wards tack­ling cli­mate change. Shri Sekhawat ac­com­pa­nied by the del­e­ga­tion also utilised their visit to Ber­lin for meet­ing Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters from 3 other coun­tries – Ger­many, Ar­gentina and Uzbek­istan. With his Ger­man coun­ter­parts, the two Min­is­ters re­viewed the over­all re­la­tion­ship of the two coun­tries in agri­cul­ture sec­tor. Shri Sekhawat also im­pressed upon the Ger­man Min­is­ter to use his good of­fice for early res­o­lu­tion of In­dian rice ex­port be­ing sub­jected to ar­bi­trar­ily fixed max­i­mum residue Limit on Tri­cy­cla­zole at 0.01 mg/kg by Euro­pean Union. Union Min­is­ter of State men­tioned EU´s non ac­cep­tance of dig­i­tal phy­tosan­i­tary cer­tifi­cates. The Ger­man Min­is­ter, in re­sponse, con­veyed his ad­mi­ra­tion for In­dia´s ad­vance on dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion of the cer­tifi­cate and as­sured to per­son­ally take up the mat­ter with the EU Au­thor­ity con­cerned. Dur­ing his meet­ing with Mr. Zoir Mirzaev, Uzbek­istan Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Man­age­ment, the MoS in­formed his coun­ter­part

about the pri­or­ity ar­eas of In­dia in agri­cul­ture sec­tor and sug­gested ar­eas such as farm ma­chin­ery, skill de­vel­op­ment and crop residue man­age­ment as pos­si­ble ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion. The two Min­is­ters also dis­cussed po­ten­tial items of trade such as moong beans, and op­por­tu­ni­ties for avail­able in­vest­ment in each coun­try. The dis­cus­sion was fur­ther sup­ple­mented by the two Min­is­ters tak­ing a walk through the var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tions of the Uzbek­istan stall. Shri Shekhawat also met the Ar­gen­tinean Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Dr Luis Miguel Etcheve­here and dis­cussed var­i­ous ar­eas of mu­tual in­ter­est in­clud­ing trade in agri­cul­ture prod­ucts such as fruits, veg­eta­bles and meat. The Min­is­ter also con­veyed In­dia’s in­ter­est in the suc­cess achieved by Ar­gentina in farm mech­a­ni­sa­tion. He also sought col­lab­o­ra­tion to such tech­nolo­gies to suit In­dian con­di­tions, and ob­tained tech­nol­ogy for man­u­fac­ture of silo bag to re­duce stor­age losses in In­dia.

Shri Ga­jen­dra Singh Shekhawat is lead­ing the In­dian del­e­ga­tion to 10th Global Fo­rum for Food & Agri­cul­ture, Ber­lin, Ger­many from 18th -20th Jan­uary 2018

Union Min­is­ter of State for Agri­cul­ture & Farm­ers Wel­fare, Shri Ga­jen­dra Singh Shekhawat is lead­ing the In­dian del­e­ga­tion to 10th Global Fo­rum for Food & Agri­cul­ture from 18-20 Jan­uary, 2018 which in­cludes the 10th Ber­lin Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters’ Con­fer­ence. The theme of this year’s event is “Shap­ing the fu­ture of live­stock – sus­tain­ably, re­spon­si­bly, ef­fi­ciently”. The dis­cus­sions will fo­cus on sus­tain­able and pro­duc­tive an­i­mal pro­duc­tion among other is­sues. Bi­lat­eral meet­ings with coun­ter­parts of Ger­many, Uzbek­istan and Ar­gentina are pro­posed on the side­line of GFFA to dis­cuss is­sues to fur­ther en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in agri­cul­ture and al­lied sec­tors. About Global Fo­rum for Food and Agri­cul­ture (GFFA) The Global Fo­rum for Food and Agri­cul­ture (GFFA) is an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence that fo­cuses on cen­tral ques­tions con­cern­ing the fu­ture of the global agri-food in­dus­try. It is held dur­ing In­ter­na­tional Green Week (IGW) and will be tak­ing place in its cur­rent shape for the eighth time. The fo­rum gives rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the worlds of pol­i­tics, busi­ness, sci­ence and civil so­ci­ety an op­por­tu­nity to share ideas and en­hance un­der­stand­ing on a se­lected topic of cur­rent agri­cul­tural pol­icy. The GFFA is or­gan­ised by the Fed­eral Min­istry of Food, Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion (BMEL) in co­op­er­a­tion with GFFA Ber­lin e.V., the Sen­ate of Ber­lin and Messe Ber­lin GmbH. Spe­cific as­pects of the GFFA’s main theme will be ex­plored in more de­tail in dif­fer­ent event for­mats. The open­ing event in 2018 will out­line the key is­sue and ex­plain how it will be ad­dressed by the var­i­ous GFFA events. The main events are the Ber­lin Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters’ Con­fer­ence hosted by the BMEL, and the In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Panel Dis­cus­sion hosted by GFFA Ber­lin e.V. The Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters will con­vene in the Fed­eral Min­istry for Eco­nomic Af­fairs and En­ergy for the Ber­lin Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters’ Con­fer­ence (not pub­lic). With al­most 90 min­is­ters at the last

con­fer­ence, this is the world’s largest con­fer­ence of agri­cul­ture min­is­ters. A fi­nal com­mu­niqué rep­re­sent­ing the com­mon po­si­tion of the min­is­ters is in­cor­po­rated into the on­go­ing in­ter­na­tional dis­course on agri­cul­tural pol­icy. The pre­lim­i­nary work for the main events is done on the pre­ced­ing day in High Level Pan­els hosted by in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions. The re­sults of th­ese meet­ings are in­cor­po­rated into the fi­nal com­mu­niqué. In ex­pert panel dis­cus­sions hosted by var­i­ous or­gan­is­ers, the main theme is dis­cussed from spe­cific top­i­cal and re­gional per­spec­tives. This en­sures that the GFFA is closely meshed with cur­rent sci­en­tific think­ing. Dur­ing the GFFA there will be a Co­op­er­a­tion Mar­ket where as­so­ci­a­tions, com­pa­nies, uni­ver­si­ties and the BMEL will show­case their ac­tiv­i­ties in the agri-food sec­tor. This – along with the Busi­ness Lounge – pro­vides all the GFFA par­tic­i­pants with an op­por­tu­nity to with­draw from the bus­tle and con­duct bi­lat­eral talks in a more re­laxed at­mos­phere.

To­tal milk pro­duc­tion in­creases from 51.33 Mil­lion Tonnes dur­ing 2016-17 (sum­mer) to 53.77 Mil­lion Tonnes dur­ing 2017-18 (sum­mer)

The Milk pro­duc­tion in the coun­try dur­ing 2016-17 has achieved a re­mark­able progress by show­ing 20.13% growth as com­pared to 201314. Fur­ther, the pro­duc­tion have been es­ti­mated to be in­creased by 6.4% in 2016-17 over 2015-16. In past the growth rate has been 6.3% in 2014-15; 6.3% in 2015-16 and 6.4% in 2016-17. Thus, there is con­cur­rent high growth rate main­tained over the past three years. Align­ing with this pro­gres­sive pic­ture, in the cur­rent year (2017-18) also the Dairy sec­tor grad­u­ally pick­ing up its mo­men­tum to­wards the pro­jected tar­get of Na­tional Ac­tion Plan for Dairy De­vel­op­ment. As re­gards to sea­sonal es­ti­ma­tion, the to­tal milk pro­duc­tion has in­creased from 51.33 Mil­lion Tonnes dur­ing 2016-17 (Sum­mer) to 53.77 Mil­lion Tonnes dur­ing 2017-18 (Sum­mer) reg­is­ter­ing a growth 4.7%. The same is com­par­a­tively higher than the growth rate of sum­mer sea­son 201516 to 2016-17 (3.9%). Thus, even dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son 2017-18 the growth rate is higher and sus­tained. The first five high­est milk pro­duc­ing States dur­ing Sum­mer Sea­son 201718 are Ut­tar Pradesh, Ra­jasthan, Gu­jarat, Mad­hya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh. Egg Pro­duc­tion: The to­tal Egg pro­duc­tion in the coun­try dur­ing 201617 has been re­ported as 88.1 Bil­lion show­ing a growth rate of 12.3% over 2013-14. Fur­ther, the pro­duc­tions have been es­ti­mated to be in­creased by 6.3% in 2016-17 over 2015-16. In past the growth rate has been 5.0% in 2014-15; 5.7% in 2015-16 and 6.3% in 2016-17. Thus, there is con­sis­tent im­prove­ment in the growth rate of Egg pro­duc­tion dur­ing the past three years. As re­gards to sea­sonal es­ti­ma­tion, the to­tal egg pro­duc­tion has in­creased from 26.03 Bil­lion dur­ing 2016-17 (sum­mer) to 27.95 Bil­lion dur­ing 201718 (Sum­mer) reg­is­ter­ing a growth 7.4%. The same is com­par­a­tively higher than the growth rate of sum­mer sea­son 2015-16 to 2016-17 (5.5%). Thus, even dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son 2017-18 the growth rate is higher and sus­tained. The pro­duc­tion of egg is largely con­trib­uted by com­mer­cial poul­try farms with nearly 80.83% and re­main­ing pro­duc­tion is from house­hold/back­yard poul­try. The first five high­est eggs pro­duc­ing States dur­ing Sum­mer Sea­son 201718 are Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Te­lan­gana, West Ben­gal and Haryana.

Ga­jen­dra Singh Shekhawat, Min­is­ter of State Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Farm­ers Wel­fare

Radha Mo­han Singh, Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture & Farm­ers Wel­fare

Zoir Mirzaev, Uzbek­istan Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Man­age­ment

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