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India Not Blocking Rule-Based Global Trade: PM

Posted September 11, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


Weeks after India was accused of blocking WTO talks over food subsidy issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the country does not stand in the way of rule-based global trade but the interests of its poor and farmers cannot be sacrificed.

He conveyed India’s position to visiting Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Jose Graziano da Silva whom he urged to take the lead in protecting the interests of the poor and farmers at the World Trade Organisation.

During the meeting with da Silva, Modi said India wants active participation of FAO in addressing the emerging challenges in Indian agriculture and in designing a special campaign targeted at women in India, which would highlight ways to improve nutritional value and food habits. Read more here.