Being an agrarian economy, India has been growing in the fruits and vegetables market not only in exports but imports as well. The major destinations for Indian fruits and vegetables are UAE, Sri Lanka, Netherland, Malaysia, and UK. In terms of imports of certain fruits and vegetables, China has a significant share.
In the endeavour to further promote trade of fruits and vegetables between both the agrarian nations, India China Economic and Cultural Council organized the China-India Fruits Business Seminar on the evening of 27th November at the India International Centre. The event was hosted by the Agricultural Trade Promotion Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China which brought in a delegation of 8 companies from the fruit and vegetable sector. The program was supported by the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office, Embassy of the Peoples’ Republic of China in New Delhi.
Madam Feng Yan, First Secretary, Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office, Embassy of the Peoples’ Republic of China opened the seminar by giving the welcome address. She shared about the huge prospects India and China hold in the realm of cooperation in fruits and vegetables. Both countries being one of the largest producers of agrarian products and suppliers too, should look for avenues to collaborate and share best practices, she said.
Following this, a presentation on China’s Agricultural Trade was made by Mr. Song Juguo, Deputy Director General, Agriculture Trade Promotion Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Govt. of China. He shared the current global market scenario and how China is tackling with the drop in exports recently. He expressed how it was a good time for India and China to come together and explore each other’s markets further in the fruits and vegetables space.
The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Atul Kumar Saxena, President, Indian Importer Chambers of Commerce & Industry on business opportunities for Chinese agricultural products in India. He gave an in-depth analysis on the total fruit and vegetable trade market of India. With regard to apple and pear, he mentioned how Poland was aggressively marketing its fruits in India after the close in Russia and Europe for its products. This was noted by the Chinese companies that hoped the recent ban would be removed as it was a huge loss in the level of exports to India.
Various companies present at the event were given the opportunity to promote their products and give a presentation as well. These included Yantai Yuyi Fruit and Vegetable Foodstuff Co. Ltd.; Tianbo Fruit; Qixia Defeng Food Co Ltd; and Fuji Penglai Ltd. All the Indian fruit and vegetable companies were very impressed with the informative presentations and were glad to interact and meet with them during the B2B sessions. One of the attendees, Mr. Gulati shared his experience of doing business with China in the fruits and vegetables industry and was happy to meet one of his suppliers coincidently at the evening. Towards the end of the seminar, delegates from the Agriculture Trade Promotion Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Govt. of China thanked ICEC Council for organizing a successful event.