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U.S. to advance cooperation with India in agriculture

U.S. President Barack Obama visits an agriculture expo at St.Xavier's College in Mumbai on Sunday.  

U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday expressed interest in furthering cooperation with India in the field of agriculture, saying the country can be a model for the world that strives for food security.

The collaboration between the two countries also contributed to India’s first green revolution in the 60s, he said, adding: “I will be discussing with Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh, how we can advance the cooperation in the 21st century, not only to benefit India, but to benefit the U.S. and the world.”

He shared his experiences about Indian agriculture with students at the St.Xavier's College here, after visiting two expos and interacting with villagers.

“I was with two expos that underscore the partnership we can make together. The first is focused on agriculture and food security, that they will see innovation in technology and research that has transformed the Indian farming,” he said.

Mr. Obama narrated how a farmer told him about receiving crop information on cellphone, while another showed him tools of appropriate size and weight helping women to improve productivity and said many of these innovations were a result of public and private collaboration between the U.S. and India.

In March 2010, India and the U.S. had signed an MoU to cooperate in agriculture and food security.


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