New Delhi: Union Minister of Food Processing Industries (FPI), Harsimrat Kaur Badal, met the Minister of State (MoS) for Food Security in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi, in Dubai yesterday on the sidelines of Gulfood 2020. The two Ministers expressed satisfaction at the existing bilateral cooperation in the field of food security, with India being one of the largest food exporters to UAE. They deliberated upon ways and means to further increase cooperation and collaboration in the sector between the two countries.
Both Ministers discussed UAE investments in food corridors in India in accordance with the vision given by the top leadership of the two countries, and mentioned that the two sides could also exchange information in new areas such as saline water agriculture.
FPI Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal highlighted the enormous potential for investments in the food processing sector in India and said that the UAE side stays positive on opportunities for investing in various areas of food processing such as cold chains, food parks, contract farming, and logistics.
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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