The Uttar Pradesh government and the South African Western Cape region signed a short-term inter-regional agreement for promoting use of cutting-edge technology in UP's farm sector.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and South African Western Cape premier Ibrahim Rasool signed the agreement at 5, Kalidas Marg in the state capital on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, Rasool said that India and South Africa have already signed many bilateral agreements for joint co-operation in many sectors.
"Like other developing nations around the world, South Africa too lacks in resources. In this context, despite resource constraints, Uttar Pradesh has made commendable progress for South Africans to emulate", he said.
The CM, in his address, said that the agreement was a wonderful beginning of a long-term cooperation between the two regions for development of the farm sector in the state.
"The Uttar Pradesh government has made private sector one of the partners for development of the entire state. We are committed to make Uttar Pradesh 'Uttam Pradesh'," he said.
The 14-member South African delegation is currently on a week-long visit to India that began from November 8.
Other members include Rosieda Shabodien (spouse of the premier), Tasneem Essop (holding a rank equivalent to State Minister for Environment, Planning & Economic Development), Lynn Brown (holding a post equivalent to the rank of State Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sports), Koleka Mqulwana (holding a post equivalent to the rank of State Minister for Social Services and Poverty Alleviation), Tahir Salie (Office of the premier), Christine Plaatjies (Office of the premier) and other senior officers of the South African government.