The Honorary Consul of India to Lithuania met with the Minister of Agriculture of Lithuania Mr. Bronius Markauskas to discuss economic and trade relations between the two countries and possibilities to extend the market. Even though the export to India takes a small part of the Lithuanian agricultural export, Lithuania is the main importer of the pea production in India. The Ministry is highly interested in finding new possibilities for cooperation with India in the domain of agriculture.

In 2015, the Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya was visiting Lithuania and in the following year 2016 a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of India ant the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania for developing the cooperation in agriculture and related sectors. This year, 2017, the first historical meeting of both Ministers took place during the annual conference in Berlin "Green Week 2017" - Mr. Markauskas and Shri Radha Mohan Singh discussed the points for developing the cooperation and agricultural relations between the countries. At the moment both ministries are developing the implementation plans for the year 2017-2018.

The Lithuanian export to India has expanded up to 61,1 mln euros in the year 2016. Dried pea production takes the major part of the export (80%), followed by wheat (18%), fresh peas and flour. Approximately, the Lithuanian exporters are planning the shipments of 63 thousands tonnes of peas and around 60 thousand tonnes of wheat to India this year. The Honorary Consul also indicated the interest of Indian market in Lithuanian chocolate, ice creams, particular kinds of cheese, even though India is the largest milk producer in the world. 

The discussion followed on the topic of harvest protection regulations, that has major importance on the export. The National Plant Protection Organisation of India has set the requirement for fumigation of the peas, however, the fumigation using the methyl bromides is highly restricted by the European Union. At the moment the Lithuanian State Plant Services are actively discussing the question with the National Plant Protection Organisation of India.

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