Germany says it can help India double farmers' incomes

New Delhi, November 1 () Germany told India that it can play a key role in doubling farmers' incomes, since the European nation has experience in farm mechanization and post-harvest management, he said The government on Friday.

The German Minister of Food and Agriculture, Julia Klockner, met with her Indian counterpart, Narendra Singh Tomar, and discussed various issues on the agricultural sector.

The two ministers also signed a 'joint declaration of intent' on cooperation in the development of the agricultural market, the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

At the meeting, Klockner said that Germany has experience in mechanization and post-harvest handling. She believes that this will play an important role in doubling farmers' incomes, the statement said.

Take, at the meeting, said that the objective of doubling farmers' incomes by 2022 is being achieved by improving productivity, reducing the cost of inputs, creating competitive markets and strengthening the value chain for agriculture and allied sectors.

The country's priority has changed from production-centric to farmer-centered, he said.

The minister also mentioned that the 2018 Agricultural Export Policy aims to double agricultural exports to USD 60 million by 2022. The German minister also impressed by continuing the discussions of a working group on issues such as food safety, consumer protection and hoped that the issues discussed will be implemented, the statement said. LUX HRS