Union Minister Som Parkash addresses delegates at 2nd Agriculture Deputies Meeting in Chandigarh, highlighting the importance of developing consensus for global agriculture growth
Chandigarh, March 30, 2023:
The 2nd Agricultural Deputies Meeting of the Agricultural Working Group (AWG) is underway in Chandigarh from 29th to 31st March 2023. The event has seen participation from delegates of 19 member countries, 10 invited countries, and 10 international organizations. Today, on March 30, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Som Parkash, addressed the delegates and expressed confidence in developing a consensus for the growth of the agriculture sector.
During the inaugural session, Minister Som Parkash appreciated the Indian Presidency for their wonderful arrangements at the 2nd ADM in Chandigarh. He welcomed all the delegates for their valuable participation and applauded the inaugural video, which showcased India's achievements in ensuring food security and nutrition.
In his address, Minister Som Parkash highlighted the importance of fruitful discussions on the Draft Communique. "The discussions in the meeting will steer towards developing consensus on the way forward for growth of Agriculture sector, and I am confident that we will achieve it. We need to work together in the spirit of 'One Earth, One Family, and One Future' to tackle the challenges of the global agriculture scenario and ensure the sustainable growth of the sector", he said.
The member countries at the 2nd ADM will focus on drafting the Communiqué, addressing four thematic areas, namely food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture with a climate-smart approach, inclusive agricultural value chains and food systems, and digitalization for agricultural transformation.
In his concluding remarks, Minister Som Parkash wished the delegates for a great experience at Chandigarh and hoped that they would enjoy the visits and excursions planned, along with the cultural program and cuisine at Sukhna Lake and Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore.
The 2nd ADM at Chandigarh is expected to lay the groundwork for a consensus on the way forward for the growth of the agriculture sector, with the Communiqué serving as a roadmap for addressing the challenges and opportunities of the global agriculture scenario