India to finance Agriculture Research Center in Hanimaadhoo

india and maldives signs MoU
Maldives and India signs MoU's on November 09, 2020 | Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Male’, Maldives – Government of Maldives has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India to develop an agricultural research center in Hdh. Hanimaadhoo island.

The agreement was signed bwtween the two countries during the Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s visit to the Maldives earlier this week. The project is to be carried out through High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP) and the total cost is estimated at MVR 1,711,434.60 (USD 110,988).

This project includes a soil analysis laboratory and a plant tissue testing laboratory as well. The lab is also to be used for research and development for farmers.

The project is a part of the MoU signed for the agricultural framework during President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s trip to India in 2018. Currently eleven projects are being carried out under HICDP, which include the fish plants and eco tourism zones being developed in Addu City.

In addition to this, Maldives and India had signed three more MoU’s which include USD 100 million grant for the Greater Malé Connectivity Project, MoU for a project in Sports and Youth Affairs and an MoU with a total value of MVR 7,980,536.69 to build a Drug Detoxification Centre in Hulhudhoo, Addu City.