NEW DELHI: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said BRICS nations are capable of playing a leading role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of eradicating hunger and poverty.
Tomar, who chaired the 11th Meeting of BRICS Agriculture Ministers virtually, shared efforts taken by India in preserving the agro-biodiversity and for promoting diversification of the agri-food system, report agencies.
He said the BRICS Agricultural Research Platform has been created to promote cooperation in agricultural research and innovations, and its implementation has been started. In his opening remark, Tomar said, “BRICS countries are well-positioned to take a leading role in helping to achieve the objectives of the 2030 SDGs (sustainable development goals) to eradicate hunger and poverty.” By increasing agri-production and increasing the income of farmers, the problem of income inequality and food price volatility can be overcome, he added.
To preserve agro-biodiversity, the minister said India has set up national gene banks for plants, animals, fish, insects and agriculturally important microorganisms, an official statement said.
Programmes on pulses, oilseeds, horticultural crops, and the recently launched National Palm Oil Mission are implemented to promote diversification of agri-food systems, he added.