Union Agriculture Minister joins virtual G-20 meeting for Agriculture Ministers

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Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar joined a virtual meeting of G-20 Agriculture Ministers on April 21 to discuss the problem of Covid-19 effects on food security, safety and nutrition.

Sharing the initiatives taken to contain the spread of Coronavirus in India, Tomar said that India has decided to spare all agriculture operations in the time of lockdown and ensuring continued availability of important agriculture produce and supply, while adhering to protocol of social distancing, health and hygiene.

He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been at the forefront of helping nations to fight this crisis in different ways and that agriculture will not lag behind.

The G-20 Agriculture Ministers virtual meeting was organisedd via video conferencing by the Saudi Presidency to deliberate on the ways and means of ensuring continuity of the food supply value chain including livelihood of farmers.

Agriculture Ministers of all G-20 members and the representatives of some guest countries and International organisations participated in the meeting.

While acknowledging the critical role of the private sector in food systems, they called “for enhanced cooperation between the public and private sectors to support in mobilising fast and innovative responses to effects of this pandemic on the agriculture and food sectors.”

At the end, they agreed to cooperate on several issues for a broader G20 agriculture and food agenda.