Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will discuss issues related to food security and agriculture when he meets his counterparts of BRIC countries in Russia at a three-day conference that began on Thursday.
Agriculture Ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRIC) are meeting during March 25-27, 2010, an official statement released here said. Pawar is heading a high-level Indian delegation which will take part in the deliberations, it added.
He will also hold bilateral discussions with his Russian, Brazilian and Chinese counterparts during the visit.
The farm ministers of BRIC countries will explore the possibilities of cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors, the statement said. A declaration will be issued at the end of the conference, it added.
"The outcome of the meeting would be reported to the BRIC Summit to be held in Brasilia on April 16, which will be attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," it added.
BRIC countries together command 25.9 per cent of total geographic area, 40 per cent of global population, and 22 per cent of global GDP.
The Chinese economy is the world's third largest with GDP of USD 3.2 trillion, while Russia, Brazil and India have a GDP of over USD 1 trillion each.
During his stay, Pawar will also be meeting Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Victor Jubkov and will have an interaction with representatives of Russian industry.