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India, Tanzania to boost food, energy security Cooperation

The Prime Minister also met members of the Indian community, which numbers around 50,000 in Tanzania

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  • The partnership in the area of natural gas development and use is significant as Tanzania has been emerging as a gas giant with a series of finds since 2011
  • In March this year, 2016, a Dubai-based company said it has discovered 2.7 trillion cubic feet of gas in Ruvu Basin in the country’s coastal region
  • Modi flagged public health as another important priority in India’s engagement with the east African country

India and Tanzania on Sunday, July 10, agreed to deepen their partnership in agriculture and food security and work together in the development and use of natural gas asNew Delhi committed more aid for this east African country’s water supply projects.

“We agreed that our common desire for economic prosperity for our societies is creating new opportunities for expanding our cooperation,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a joint press statement with Tanzanian President John Magufuli following delegation-level talks here.

“For this, both of us felt that we need to: One, deepen our partnership in agriculture and food security, including through enhanced export of pulses from Tanzania to India; two, work together in development and use of natural gas; three, partner in building of industrial economy, capacities and institutions in Tanzania; and four, deepen our trade and investment partnership by encouraging greater industry-to-industry ties,” Modi said.

The partnership in the area of natural gas development and use is significant as Tanzania has been emerging as a gas giant with a series of finds since 2011.

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In March this year, 2016, a Dubai-based company said it has discovered 2.7 trillion cubic feet of gas in Ruvu Basin in the country’s coastal region.

People of Tanzania. Image source: www.tanzaniatouristboard.com
People of Tanzania. Image source: www.tanzaniatouristboard.com

Modi said that India was already a substantial economic partner of Tanzania and the whole range of economic ties was healthy and on the upswing.

“Our two-way annual trade stands at around $3 billion, Indian investments in Tanzania already total around $3 billion and Indian businesses in Tanzania continue to grow and expand,” he said.

Modi described as a “good achievement” completion of a water supply augmentation project in Dar-es-Salaam with the Indian aid of $I00 million.

“We have just now also signed an agreement on water supply project in Zanzibar for a line of credit of $92 million,” the Prime Minister said.

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“We are also working on a number of other water projects for 17 cities. And for this, India is willing to consider an additional $500 million line of concessional credit.”

India and Tanzania signed five agreements after the delegation-level talks, including two on water supply and water resource management.

Modi flagged public health as another important priority in India’s engagement with the east African country.

“We are ready to meet the healthcare priorities of the Tanzanian government, including the supply of medicines and equipment,” he said, adding an Indian radiotherapy machine was being installed at Bugando Medical Centre in the country’s Mwanza city to treat cancer patients.

The Prime Minister said education, vocational training and skill development were other areas of priority in which India was willing to offer all assistance.

“Being neighbours across the Indian Ocean, President and I agreed to deepen our overall defence and security partnership, especially in the maritime domain,” Modi said.

“Our in-depth discussions on regional and global issues reflected our considerable convergence on issues of common interest and concern.”

Modi said both sides agreed to work closely, bilaterally, regionally and globally, to combat the twin threats of terrorism and climate change and described Tanzania as a “crucial partner” in the India-initiated International Solar Alliance.

Prior to Sunday’s talks, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the State House here.

Modi also played a traditional drum along with Magufuli, adding a local and informal touch to the ceremony.

Later, he interacted with a group of 30 African ‘Solar Mamas’, rural women who have been trained in harnessing solar energy under Indian government programmes.

The Prime Minister also met members of the Indian community, which numbers around 50,000 in Tanzania.

At a banquet hosted in his honour by President Magufuli, he described the Indian community as an important link between the two countries.

After completing his engagements in Tanzania, Modi left for Kenya on the fourth and last leg of his four-nation African tour.

The Prime Minister arrived in Tanzania on Saturday night from South Africa on the third leg of his Africa visit.

This was the first prime ministerial visit from India to Tanzania in five years since the visit of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2011.

He started his five-day trip with a visit to Mozambique. (IANS)

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  • Aparna Gupta

    This will help in strengthening the ties between the two nation and will help the citizens too.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is really a great step towards development. Joining hands with more countries would help India come up as a great nation

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Many of the world’s roughly 80 cotton-producing countries, especially in Asia and Africa, have populations that face malnutrition that could be addressed with the new plant

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U.S. regulators have cleared the way for farmers to grow a cotton plant genetically modified to make the cottonseed edible for people, a protein-packed potential new food source that could be especially useful in cotton-growing countries beset with malnutrition.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Tuesday lifted the regulatory prohibition on cultivation by farmers of the cotton plant, which was developed by Texas A&M University scientists. The plant’s cottonseed cannot be used as food for people or as animal feed yet in the United States because it lacks Food and Drug Administration approval.

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Cotton is widely grown around the world, with its fiber used to make textiles and the cottonseed used among other things to feed animals such as cattle and sheep that have multiple stomach chambers. Ordinary cottonseed is unfit for humans and many animals to eat because it contains high levels of gossypol, a toxic chemical.

With financial help from a cotton industry group, scientists led by Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist Keerti Rathore used so-called RNAi, or RNA interference, technology to “silence” a gene, virtually eliminating gossypol from the cottonseed. They left gossypol at natural levels in the rest of the plant because it guards against insects and disease.

“To me, personally, it tastes somewhat like chickpea and it could easily be used to make a tasty hummus,” Rathore said of gossypol-free cottonseed.

After cottonseed oil, which can be used for cooking, is extracted, the remaining high-protein meal from the new cotton plant can find many uses, Rathore said.

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If all of the cottonseed currently produced worldwide were used for human nutrition, it could meet the daily protein requirements of about 575 million people. Pixabay

It can be turned into flour for use in breads, tortillas and other baked goods and used in protein bars, while whole cottonseed kernels, roasted and salted, can be consumed as a snack or to create a peanut butter type of paste, Rathore added.

If all of the cottonseed currently produced worldwide were used for human nutrition, it could meet the daily protein requirements of about 575 million people, Rathore said.

Other countries would have to give regulatory approval for the new cotton plant to be grown, though U.S. regulatory action often is taken into consideration.

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The new cottonseed’s biggest commercial use may be as feed for poultry, swine and farmed aquatic species like fish and shrimp, Rathore said.

Many of the world’s roughly 80 cotton-producing countries, especially in Asia and Africa, have populations that face malnutrition that could be addressed with the new plant, Rathore added. (VOA)