The minister said she was "utterly disappointed" because with one voice, the WTO could not reaffirm the Doha Developmental Agenda.
    
One of the key agendas of Doha round was substantial reduction of farm subsidies by developed nations. The Nairobi ministerial declaration has clearly stated that "there is one section which did not want to reaffirm (the Doha Round) and there is another (India, China G33, Arab Nations and least developed countries) which wants to reaffirm and that section will keep fighting to have it reaffirmed... that fight will continue," she told reporters here.
    
On the issue of public stockholding for food security purposes, she said the country will pursue it with greater vigour in Geneva so that a work programme is given at the 'earliest'.
    
"And based on the work programme, the Committee on Agriculture's special session will be held and as was committed in Bali and reaffirmed in Nairobi, a permanent solution should emerge by 2017," she said.
    
For a permanent solution, India had proposed either amending the formula to calculate the food subsidy cap of 10 per cent, which is based on the reference price of 1986-88, or allowing such schemes outside the purview of subsidy caps.
    
The food security issue is related to several developing nations which provide subsidised foodgrains to the poor. On special safeguard mechanism (SSM), she said it was a right given to the developing nations in the Hong Kong Ministerial declaration and now India would ask for  preparation of a work programme on this also.

 

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