India puts focus on export promotion of millets at GULFOOD 2023

APEDA inks MoU with Government of UAE to strengthen the trade further

Agricultural and Process Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) participated in the 28th edition of Gulfood 2023, held in United Arab Emirates (UAE). In an area of approx 600 sq. mtr, more than 50 Indian exporters from the different categories like women entrepreneurs, startups, merchants and manufacturers showcasing agricultural, dairy, pulses and meat-based produce with focus on millet and its products through APEDA pavilion, were showcased.

The India Pavilion was inaugurated by Pashupati Kumar Paras, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries along with Ambassador of India Sunjay Sudhir, Dr M Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA, Sanoj Kumar Jha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Muktanand Agarwal, Director, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, officers of APEDA, Indian Embassy, CGI, other stakeholders from Centre & State & exporters.

 In Gulfood 2023, organised from 20th – 24th February 2023, there was participation of 5000 companies from 125 countries. In the International Year of Millets (IYOM) 2023, India participated with the theme focused on export promotion of millets and its value added products. Indian Pavilion promoted around 100 delegations of exporters. A millet gallery was prepared to showcase millets and its products by the startups and new entrepreneurs to provide them a platform to showcase their quality products.

APEDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Government of UAE through its nodal agency Al Dhara Holding SP LLC for procurement of food and food products from India as well as to sell to buyers in UAE as a part of UAE food security strategy and DP World FZE, a subsidiary of Government of Dubai. The MoU signed between both the countries will promote the exports from India to UAE and strengthen the trade further.

Export of APEDA’s scheduled products in the UAE market had grown from $69.52 million in 1987-88 to $1604.76 million in 2021-22.

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