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Paswan and Brazilian delegation discuss topics of bilateral importance
Friday, 24 January, 2020, 14 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
The Brazilian delegation, led by the minister of agriculture, livestock and supply, Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias, called on the minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, here on Thursday for a brief interaction and discussing issues of bilateral importance.

Secretary, food and public distribution, Ravi Kant; Orlando Leite Ribeiro, secretary, international relations and trade; Dalci de Jesus Bagolin, agricultural attaché, and Pedro Mariano Martins Pontes, secretary, Embassy of Brazil, were also present at the interaction, which according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, was held in a very cordial atmosphere.

Welcoming the Brazilian agriculture minister, Paswan underlined the excellent political relationship and strategic partnership between the two countries and stated that both the countries had a lot of convergence and understanding of each other on various international issues.

Elaborating on the measures taken by the Government of India to ensure the food security concerns of its citizens, he also informed that about 800 million people of the country were presently covered under the targeted public distribution system (TDPS), through which beneficiaries are distributed foodgrains at highly-subsidised prices by the Government of India.

Paswan also informed the Brazilian side that India had also launched a programme named one nation, one ration card to ensure the inter-state portability of the ration card.

During the interaction, he also requested them to consider granting market access for the Indian commodities in Brazil, especially corn seeds and onion request for which are pending since 2012, as a reciprocal measure as India has already granted market assess to Brazil for export of various commodities like cotton, maize, soybean, etc.

He thanked the Brazilian side for the recent announcement by Brazil regarding visa free travel for Indian citizens and expressed hope that India and Mercosur Preferential Trade Agreement would be further expanded for the benefit of both the countries.

For sugar and ethanol-related technology, research cooperation both countries share their experiences. Both countries agreed to work together in the area of blending ethanol with petroleum to curb climatic change.

Brazil proposed MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with ICAR and National Sugar Institute, Kanpur, in the area of milk, sugarcane, buffalo, ethanol, etc.

Dias thanked the Indian side, especially the minister, for facilitating the interaction and assured that the issues raised by the India would be given due consideration.

She also expressed her hope that the bilateral relationship between the two countries, which is one of the oldest in the Latin-American region, will continue to strengthen and deepen over the years, as the people of India and Brazil, have similar aspirations and developmental challenges.
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