India to have MoUs with Italy, Brazil, SA, Hungary

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New Delhi, Jan 10: India will sign two MoUs with Italy for cooperation in the fields of agriculture, agro-food and phytosanitation during the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later this year.

The approval for the proposed MoUs was given by the Cabinet at its weekly meeting today, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters. The MoU on agriculture and phytosanitary issues would promote joint activities and exchange of scientific delegations and experts in these areas. The MoU would remain valid for five years. Under the MoU for the agro-food sector, a ''Joint Foundation'' would be set up and the two countries would exchange know-how and technologies.

The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to the trilateral MoU in the field of health and medicine with Brazil and South Africa.

The MoU was signed on October 17 during the second IBSA summit held in South Africa.

The Cabinet also gave approval for signing of an agreement with Hungary for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. It would promote further cooperation through joint activities and exchanges in the areas of agriculture through exchange of scientific delegations and experts between the two countries.


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