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India seeks clearance of mango imports formalities by March 2007

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) India and United States today said they were in support of the removal of asymetry and distortions in international agricultural trade as envisaged in Doha round of negotations on agriculture.

The countries also expressed their commitment to establish a level playing field for the enhanced market access with adequate and effective safeguards for the food and livelihood security at a meeting with Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and visiting US Department of Agriculture here today.

Both sides welcomed early resumption of negotations and agreed to make all efforts to achieve ambitious, balanced and pro-development outcome. The meeting also reviewed the Indo-US Agricultural Knowledge initiative, resolution of bilateral trade and sanitary and psytosanitary issues. The two leaders also recalled the history of cooperation between the two countries and hoped that the knowledge initiative would provide the impetus to addres new challenges and opportunities facing the sector, official sources said.

The meeting identified four projects under the Indo-US Workship on water managment and decided to start research project on drought salinity and virus resistance through transgenic means.

About the plan quarantine issues, the two sides were satisfied about resolution of problems concerning import of almonds from US while India urged the US to complete all formalities to permit mango imports before the start of mango season for 2007.

On the marketing issues, the two sides expressed hope that the Work Plan prepared under the MoU signed between USAID and National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur in July 2006 would be complementary to agricultural reforms being carried out in India.

Expertise of US in creating modern infrastructure could be used for capacity building and creating model markets in selected areas, official sources said.

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