PM Modi pledges to help Africa’s agriculture sector

New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Thursday vowed that India will help Africa in developing its agriculture sector.

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He addressed dignitaries from Africa at the Third India-Africa Forum Summit and said: Africa has 60 percent of the world’s arable land reserves and just 10 percent of the global output. India will help to develop Africa’s agriculture sector.

He said a spurt in Africa’s agriculture sector can drive the continent’s march to prosperity and also support global food security.

Appreciating the measures taken by the African countries in the fields of healthcare, education and agriculture, Modi said: We see strong measures that are radically improving healthcare, education and agriculture. Primary school enrolment in Africa now exceeds 90 percent.

He said Africa has now joined the global mainstream of innovation.

The mobile banking of M-Pesa, the healthcare innovation of MedAfrica, or the agriculture innovation of AgriManagr and Kilimo Salama, are using mobile and digital technology to transform lives in Africa, Modi said.

India has committed $7.4 billion in concessional credit and $1.2 billion in grant since the first India-Africa Summit in 2008, Modi informed African delegations.

It is creating 100 capacity building institutions, developing infrastructure, public transport, clean energy, irrigation, agriculture and manufacturing capacity across Africa, Modi added.

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