New Delhi: At Gulfood 2020 in Dubai yesterday, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries (FPI), Harsimrat Kaur Badal, addressed a business round table on opportunities in the food processing sector in India. More than 50 prominent business groups, traders, and investors participated in the round table. Badal also met the Minister of State (MoS) for Food Security in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi, on the sidelines.
In her address to the round table, the FPI Minister highlighted steps taken by the Government of India for ease of doing business, and the investor friendly policies in food processing. Badal invited business groups to invest in food parks where the Government of India gives support of up to Rs. 50 crore. She highlighted the Operation Greens scheme of Government of India for integrated development of tomato, onion, and potato.
FPI Minister Badal also stressed that India can become a major player in organic food, especially the states in the North East, and invited UAE companies to participate in the first organic food exhibition being organized in Delhi from 21 to 23 February.
The FPI Ministry stated in a Press communications that participants at the roundtable appreciated the various steps taken by the Government of India for promoting trade and investment. The discussions resulted in valuable suggestions such as single window clearances for investments, standardization of certificates for food exports from India, recognition of organic products of India, support for SMEs in identifying new markets and marketing of Indian products. The event was organized by the Consulate General of India, Dubai, together with PIOCCI, UAE.
Badal held one-on-one meetings with various companies in trading of food products and investing in the sector. The FPI Minister inaugurated the India pavilion put together with the assistance of APEDA at Gulfood 2020 on 16 February. India is the largest participant in Gulfood with almost 300 companies, and India’s food exports to UAE stand at almost $1.8 billion, the FPI Ministry stated.
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