October 9, 2012
India's Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had discussed with the representatives of the Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum and leaders of several research institutes for aquaculture, rice and fruit trees, on October 3 in Ho Chi Minh City.
He showed interests in Vietnam's fish farming experience as he saw a lot of potential for the two countries' cooperation in the field and in agriculture generally.
Pawar noted that agriculture plays an important role in both Vietnamese and Indian economies and suggested that both sides should work out specific programmes and plans to step up their linkages in areas of their strength.
Bui Ngoc Suong, Deputy Head of the Southwest Steering Board expressed his hopes that he Indian Ministry of Agriculture will encourage Indian businesses to participate in the Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum regularly in the future.
He also said he wants to see increased cooperation between the two countries' businesses in researching, producing plant varieties and manufacturing agricultural machines and bio-technology.