France & India likely to cooperate in agro-processing sector
France & India likely to cooperate in agro-processing sectorNew Delhi, Oct 21 (KNN) The Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal has invited French companies to take advantage of the large size and growth potential of the Indian market and the abundant availability of a variety of agricultural products by investing in agro processing sector in India.
Badal was in France to inaugurate the India pavilion at SIAL-2014 Food Fair being held in Paris from 19-23 October 2014.
The Minister met her French counterpart at the India pavilion. The two Ministers discussed issues of mutual interest and reiterated the strong desire of their respective governments to deepen the existing cooperation in the agro-processing sector.
She also interacted with representatives of leading French companies in the Agro-Processing sector including Andros, Bongrain, Roquette and Sodiaal.
On October-20, the Minister visited the Food Processing Plant operated by Bonduelle Company in Estrees-Mons region near Paris, one of the largest food processing plants in Europe, engaged in processing and canning of vegetables.
She also delivered the key note address at the 3rd India France Agro Food Conference, organized by the Embassy of India, Paris in collaboration with the India-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris (CCIFI), which saw participation by over 60 Indian and French food producers, exporters, investors and traders.
The theme of the conference was ‘New opportunities for manufacturing in the food processing sector in India’.
The Minister visited the Indian participants at their stalls and interacted with them. Ambassador of India to France, Arun K. Singh was also present at the event.
Over 120 Indian exhibitors are displaying a range of Indian food products at the exhibition both privately, and under the aegis of ITPO, APEDA, CEPCI, MPEDA, Spices Board, Tea Board and Coffee Board.
SIAL (Salon International de l'Alimentation) is one of the largest food fairs in the world and it is held every two years in Paris. This year more than 6000 exhibitors from 105 different countries are participating and over one million visitors are expected to visit the fair. (KNN/ES)