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J&K eyes food sector in Gulf countries

In the post-Covid world, we should not be thinking of getting back to business as usual. This is the time to reflect, reset and refresh our approach to doing business. We need to collaborate more, leverage technology and maximise productivity and efficienc, India's Consul General in Dubai, Dr Aman Puri, said

J&K eyes food sector in Gulf countries

J&K eyes food sector in Gulf countries

200 prominent businessmen, investors to attend UAE-India food security summit

Dubai: With an aim to promote its horticulture produce in the Middle East and tap the Gulf market, a 20-member delegation of businessmen and government officials from Jammu and Kashmir is participating in the UAE-India Food Security Summit 2020, starting Tuesday.

Organised by the Consulate General of India in Dubai in association with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Invest India, the two-day event brings several key stakeholders from both the countries on one platform to share their experiences, deliberate on solutions and explore ways to further increase the collaboration in the food security sector.

Navin K Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Jammu and Kashmir, is leading the 20-member delegation to the event, which will be attended by around 200 prominent businessmen, investors and representatives of public sector organisations, business enterprises and institutions from both India and the UAE. Addressing the curtain raiser event on Monday, India's Ambassador to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor, said the relevance of food security for both India and the UAE is there to see and it has been further accentuated during the coronavirus pandemic.

Majid Aslam Wafai, President of the Jammu & Kashmir Apple Cold Store Association (JKPICCA), said they are in Dubai to explore and understand the Gulf markets as the government of India is keen to see the Kashmiri apple in the Gulf food basket. "We had a very fruitful meeting with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, which was headed on our side by Principal Secretary Navin K Chaudhary. We have received a positive feedback during this meeting, and we hope to leverage this to ensure supply to this part of the world," Wafai told PTI.

Punjab's sports minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi was also present during the curtain raiser event.

Dr Ahmed Al Banna, Ambassador of UAE to India; Mekapati Goutham Reddy, Andhra Pradesh's Industries and Commerce minister; Juma Alkait, Assistant Undersecretary for International Trade Affairs Sector, UAE; UAE-India Business Council Chairman and Sharaf Group Vice Chairman Maj Gen (Retd) Sharafuddin Sharaf; Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) Chairman Dr M Angamuthu; Invest India MD & CEO Deepak Bagla; and CII Executive Director-FACE Meetu Kapur are among the dignitaries scheduled to attend the event.

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