Published On: Mon, Nov 13th, 2017

India, US working for Asia’s future: Prime Minister Modi

Manila: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India and the US were working together “for the future interests of Asia”.

Relations between India and the US are growing

“Relations between India and the US are growing,” Modi told the media ahead of a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump here.

“Our relations go beyond bilateral ties and we are working for the future interests of Asia and humanity,” he said.

This was the second Modi-Trump meeting after the Indian leader’s visit to Washington in June.

On Sunday, the two leaders interacted at a gala dinner hosted by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit.

Earleir on Monday, Prime Minister Modi visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a premier research organisation dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science at Los Banos in the Philippines.

The institute works on improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers and protecting the rice growing environment for future generations.

“My visit to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) was a great learning experience,” Modi tweeted.

“Saw the exceptional work IRRI is doing towards mitigating poverty and hunger by improving rice cultivation. Their work benefits many farmers and consumers, particularly in Asia and Africa.”

The Prime Minister said that he interacted with Indian scientists, students and researchers working at IRRI.

“India’s ICAR (Indian Council for Agricultural Research) and IRRI have been cooperating for four decades,” he said.

“India is also involved in helping IRRI in strategic planning, helping decide key goals and working to overcome hunger as well as poverty.”

Modi reviewed a photo exhibit showcasing flood tolerant, drought tolerant and salinity tolerant rice varieties and IRRI’s work with women farming cooperatives.

He also undertook a symbolic ground breaking for a new plot for submergence tolerant rice varieties and unveiled a plaque to mark the inauguration of the Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory.

IRRI will set up a South Asia Regional Centre at Varanasi, which will be the first such centre outside its headquarters in the Philippines.

“The Varanasi centre would help increase farmers’ income by enhancing and supporting rice productivity, reducing cost of production, value addition, diversification and enhancement of farmers’ skills,” Modi said in a statement in New Delhi on Saturday.

Modi arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines during the course of which he will attend the 15th India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit.

Earlier on Monday, Modi attended the opening ceremony of the 31st Asean Summit.

Modi arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines during which he will attend the 15th India-Asean Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit on Tuesday.


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