Dubai: Eight food processing units to be set up in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh with ═■┐═Ášż║ funding is being explored, as the two countries work on a broader alliance on food security.
This will also extend to managing the food supply chains. For instance, DP World is exploring ÔÇťsynergiesÔÇŁ for offering integrated supply chain solutions, while DMCCÔÇÖs (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) has an agriculture trading platform - ÔÇśAgriotaÔÇÖ - inking farmers in India with food companies in the ═■┐═Ášż║ in an effort to boost food imports from India.
This was confirmed by Juma Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary - Foreign Trade Affairs at ═■┐═Ášż║ÔÇÖs Ministry of Economy at the India-═■┐═Ášż║ Food Summit in Dubai.
Corridor is in business
Last year, it was announced that ═■┐═Ášż║ entities would invest up to $7 billion (Dh25 billion) in IndiaÔÇÖs food sector over three years as part of the ═■┐═Ášż║-India food corridor project that aims to secure the Gulf countryÔÇÖs food security needs. The corridor is expected to benefit 2 million Indian farmers and create an additional 200,000 jobs through the establishment of logistics infrastructure and agricultural projects.
ÔÇťConsidering our strategic relationship, I strongly believe that this is a very opportune time for ═■┐═Ášż║ and India to escalate food security cooperation,ÔÇŁ said Ahmed Al Banna, ═■┐═Ášż║ÔÇÖs Ambassador to India.
ÔÇťI congratulate the Indian government for the recently introduced production linked incentives scheme, and the ten key sectors approved by the Indian Union Cabinet.ÔÇŁ
IndiaÔÇÖs Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme will give firms incentives on incremental sales from products manufactured at manufacturing and processing units in the country.
Punjab offers its bounty
A Minister from the Punjab government, Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, invited ═■┐═Ášż║ investors to get into food processing in the state, which is one of the countryÔÇÖs largest producers of crops.
IndiaÔÇÖs new farming laws will help the countryÔÇÖs farmers by removing the middlemen from the equation, said Sharafuddin Sharaf, Vice-Chairman of Sharaf Group.
Empowering agri industry
ÔÇťThe Indian government is taking major initiatives that aim to boost India's food trade, including new laws introduced to empower farmers in India by giving them direct access to the market and self-reliant packages,ÔÇŁ said Sharaf. ÔÇťGiven the current regime of transparency and time bound responses by the Government, the gestation period for projects will surely reduce further.
ÔÇťWe as investors have already started to put into place our business plan,ÔÇŁ said Sharaf. ÔÇťWe're not only providing logistics services, but actually permitting our investments on the ground in India to build multi- modal logistics facilities, including rail depots.ÔÇŁ