At the invitation of the Agriculture Minister of Brazil, Shri Parshottam Rupala, Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying of India visited Brazil from 16 to 20 May 2022 and led a delegation composed of experts from animal husbandry and dairying and representatives of the private sector.
2. India considers Brazil as one of its most important partners and the two countries have a multifaceted strategic relationship that is based on common values and shared democratic ideals. During the Presidential visit of H.E Bolsonaro in January 2020, Brazil, for the first time in its history, signed 15 MoUs and agreements with a country and decided to widen cooperation in various areas including animal husbandry and dairying, oil and natural gas, bioenergy, ethanol, trade & investment, and many more.
3. Minister Shri. Rupala held very fruitful discussions with his Brazilian counterpart Mr. Marcos Montes Cordeiro, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply and the two Ministers agreed to further strengthen the mutually beneficial ties.
4. The Minister also visited the facilities of UPL Ltd, an Indian multinational company that manufactures and markets agrochemicals and also offers crop protection solutions. Today, UPL is the 5th largest agrochemical company in the world. It has been growing steadily in Brazil and has been helping farmers to become climate-smart and make the whole agriculture system sustainable.
5. Minister Shri. Rupala also had meetings with Presidents of the Brazilian Association of Zebu Breeders (ABCZ), Mayor of Uberaba, Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA), and Brazilian Cooperatives Organization (OCB) and discussed ways to increase cooperation in the dairy sector through R&D, genetic improvement, and trade & investment.
6. During President Bolsonaro’s visit to India, a Joint Declaration of Technical Cooperation between the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and Brazilian Zebu Breeders Association (ABCZ) was also signed. In Uberaba, the Minister also visited the Zebu Museum and visited the four cutting edge cattle genomics and embryo laboratories viz ZebuEmbryo, ABS Semen and Embryos Central, Geneal Embryos Central, and Alta Genetics Semen Central. He commended their work and welcomed their interest in enhancing cooperation for mutually beneficial partnerships in the areas of animal husbandry and allied sectors.
7. An MoU was signed in 2016 between the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) and the Brazilian Agriculture Research Corporation (EMBRAPA). In this context, the Minister also visited the Embrapa Cattle Dairy (Embrapa Gado de Leite) research center in Juiz de Fora and stressed the need for early finalization and implement a work plan under the MoU. Training of Indian professionals in Brazil in IVF technology and identification of Brazilian companies to take up IVF embryo production in India are the key activities being identified in the work plan.
8. In Brasilia, the Minister also participated in the curtain-raiser event for the celebrations of the International Day of Yoga 2022 in Brazil and interacted with a large number of Brazilian Yoga teachers.
9. To promote Ayurveda, the Minister also launched an Ayurveda comic book “Professor Ayushman”, translated by the Embassy of India in partnership with Brazilian Ayurveda expert Dr. Jose Ruguê. He also interacted with various high-level dignitaries from the public and private sectors.
10. As part of the 75 years of Independence of India, the Embassy is organizing a space exhibition at the Brazilian Planetarium from 21 May to 10 June 2022 to showcase the advances by the Indian Space Agency ISRO. The Minister inaugurated the space exhibition on 20 May 2022.
11. The Minister also interacted with the Indian diaspora in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Rio de Janeiro and paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi’s statues and bust in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and Sao Paulo.
20 May 2022