Narendra Modi urged Jose Graziano da Silva to take up the cause of poor Indian farmers at World Trade Organization, asserting strongly that India cannot sacrifice the interests and food security of the poor and the farmers.

He also clarified that India as a nation does not stand in the way of a rule-based global trade agreement.

The Prime Minister brought to focus the challenges being faced by the Indian agricultural society and said that he looks forward to a fruitful association with FAO which will help India combat the food and security problems on an international level.
He sought partnership with the FAO for capacity-building in food storage. He suggested that some portion of such capacity addition brought about by the FAO's efforts through international financial institutions could be earmarked for the food and nutritional requirements of the poorest.
Modi also said that FAO’s confederacy was sought after for designing special campaigns which would help reduce the plight of women and children, especially in the rural sector.

The Prime Minister also discussed ways and means for the FAO to contribute towards increasing nutritional value in the Mid-Day Meal scheme for schoolchildren, enhancing production and protein content of pulses, improving production of oilseeds, enhancing milk productivity, and modernization of fisheries sector in India.

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