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India and East African Community to enhance cooperation in agriculture

27 February 2007, Press Information Bureau Government of India

India has proposed to exchange farmers with Member States of East African Community for gaining experience in farm technique. This emerged at a meeting between the Shri Kanti Lal Bhuria, Minister of State for Agriculture with a high level delegation of ECA led by its Secretary General Mr. Juma. V. Mwapachu which called on him here today.

Welcoming the delegation the Minister expressed satisfaction over the talks held with the ECA delegation yesterday and also agreements signed to enhance bilateral cooperation. He hoped that both sides will benefit from each others experience in agriculture and also cooperate in research activities to increase production. Pointing out that East African Community is also progressing very well in agricultural production the Minister emphasized the need to have commercial relations in this sector. He said they should cooperate in marketing agricultural products so that farmers of both sides benefit.

The leader of the East African Community, Dy. Prime Minister of Uganda and others spoke about the importance of increasing bilateral relations. They said already some farmers from Andhra Pardesh are working in Uganda and Kenya.

East African Community comprises Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

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