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India and Brazil today agreed to engage in collaborative projects for raising productivity of cattle and buffaloes in a meeting between agriculture ministers of the two countries here today.

In a meeting between Indian Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and his Brazilian counterpart Katia Abreu, the two countries discussed the areas where they can cooperate for their mutual benefits.

“Both the countries now intend to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)and EMBRAPA for taking up collaborative projects in the field of productivity improvement of cattle and buffaloes,” an official release said.

The collaboration would be through exchange of advanced breeding technology, knowledge sharing and exchange of genetic material for mutual benefits, it said.


The NDDB is an apex policy making body for dairy development in India, while EMBRAPA is a Brazilian public agricultural research corporation.

The meeting concluded with both India and Brazil agreeing to take the present relationship of mutual cooperation to higher level of engagement in the interest of both the countries, the release added.

The two countries already have an MoU for furthering mutual cooperation in the area of agriculture, animal husbandry and other allied activities.

There is an MoU between Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and EMBRAPA in the areas of research, exchange of technology, trainings and visits of personnel.