India would be the food hub for the world by the year 2023. This is the ambition fueling innovations and partnerships in agriculture under the Narendra Modi government, said junior farm minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat, attending a farm event in the capital on Thursday.
"The world is looking at India as the world's food bowl. Today, we are progressing to have partnerships in agricultural technology, training, investment, institutional linkage, precision farming and a host of others," said Sekhawat addressing a gathering at the EIMA Agrimach India exhibition for farm machineries and equipments, held at Indian Agriculture Research Institute campus at Pusa.
He mentioned that with two MoUs signed during the visit of Italian agriculture minister Maurizio Martina, the two countries are likely to get closer in resolving agricultural exports issues, caused over residues of chemicals used in farming.
"We are also progressing with similar MoUs with other countries like Israel, UK, France and Denmark among others. The government has taken initiatives for issuing soil health cards and for popularising farm insurance."
"All this will ensure that the income of small Indian farmer improves and that he remains at the forefront even in the global agricultural market. It is in everyone's interest," said Sekhawat.
Alongside the Italian farm minister's visit to New Delhi, close to seven Italian farm machinery companies participated in the EIMA Agrimach farm equipment exhibition, displaying their state-of-art tractors, harvesters and other farm equipments.
"India is just getting introduced to the various farm technologies being used around the world. In that context India is an important market not only for us but for all farm equipment producers. A number of collaborations with producers here are being discussed," said Alessandro Malavolti, president, FederUnacoma (Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturer's Federation)—one of the organisers for the three day farm equipment exhibition in the capital.