Jamaican Trade Minister Aubyn Hill said talks to import corn from India were underway.
Speaking to the ANI news agency, Hill on Wednesday expressed concerns about food security as a fallout from the ongoing war in Ukraine.
“We have enough wheat imports today, but we don’t know what will happen tomorrow because the world changed on February 24. Russia now has a war commitment with Ukraine. So we are opening discussions with our friend, India,” Hill said on the sidelines of President Ram Nath Kovind’s four-day visit to Jamaica.
Hill’s comments on wheat imports come as India temporarily suspended wheat exports on May 14 in an apparent attempt to curb soaring local prices. However, a day later, BVR Commerce Secretary Subrahmanyam said the Modi government would keep a window open to export wheat to needy countries, according to a report by Reuters news agency.
Apart from wheat imports, the Jamaican Minister of Commerce told ANI that discussions are also underway for the import of fertilizers and agricultural equipment from India.
“We are looking to establish a distribution for Indian Trucks and Buses…seeking a trade and investment relationship to benefit both countries,” Aubyn Hill said.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, we are considering inviting Indian investors and pharmaceutical companies…we are preparing to be a logistics hub for your pharmaceutical companies,” he added.
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Jamaica on May 15, the first visit by an Indian president to the Caribbean country. Kovind held bilateral meetings with Jamaican Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Mark Golding.
On Tuesday, President Kovind delivered a speech in which he said trade and economic cooperation is a key pillar of friendship between the two countries.
(With contributions from the agency)