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VIA EXIM Forum & VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum
WTC Foreign delegates visited VIA
Vidarbha Industries Association through its Agro and Rural Development Forum had participated at the 5th Global Economic Summit on the theme “Enabling Food for All” at Expo Centre World Trade Centre Mumbai from 19th to 21st November 2015. As a part of the Summit a delegation of 20 delegates which includes High Commissioner of Republic of Fiji and High Commissioner Rwanda and delegates from Italy, Sweden, Taipei , Bangladesh, Fiji Russia visited Vidarbha Industries Association for an interactive meeting with industrialists and exporters of the region on Saturday, 21st November 2015. The interactive meet was organised as a post event of the 5th Global Economic Summit 2015 that concluded in Mumbai on 21st Nov 2015.
The delegates visited Nagpur at the invitation of VIA, as a part of its MoU with WTC. The delegation will also be visiting Agro based industries in this region. Kindly attend the programme.
Food processing industry in Vidarbha is coming out from dire straits- thanks to the clusterisation efforts that have resulted into setting higher values, said Joint Director of Industries of Maharashtra Government, Mr Vikas Jain while addressing Vidarbha entrepreneurs and high level delegates from overseas at VIA Auditorium.
Mr Vikas Jain, giving examples of value addition in food processing industry of Vidarbha said, “in earlier days there was only primary value addition though number of food processing industries was a whopping 20,000 to 50,000. Even the packaging was absent. However, things have changed now as jaggery manufacture as a form of value addition to raw sugarcane juice is taking place at much bigger scale. Even traders from New Delhi are coming to Nagpur for purchasing jaggery. Even Waigaon turmeric is gaining commercial importance due to clustrisation approach with subsidy from the government.
His Excellency, Mr Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner from Rwanda, said India offers wonderful opportunity in food processing industry to Rwanda because the latter is basically an agro-economy. “However, I want to learn from cluster approach of Vidarbha and food processing industry that is a forte of this region”. Prime Minister of Inida, Mr Narenda Modi said India made commitment of 10 billion dollars concessional credit during a summit meet of South African nations in New Delhi recently. This surely would benefit the South African nations as it would address their investment concerns, he further said and added that Nagpur farmers would also share their experience for forging a meaningful partnership between these two countries.
His Excellency, Mr Yogesh J Karan, High Commissioner of Republic of Fiji, said India is a diversified country and called it a United States of India. It has a high 7.5 per cent GDP rate. Fiji is focussed on India’s growth story because there is much more than what appears. Praising Nagpur, he said the city produces good quality oranges while Fiji has best quality mineral water that is even used by President of USA, Mr Barrack Obama. Similarly, Fiji produces best quality sugar and rums. Hence, the country looks forward to productive interaction in trade and industry with India, he announced.
Earlier, Mr Rohit Agrawal, Hon. Secretary of VIA, gave a Power Point presentation on strengths of Vidarbha. He said GDP of Vidarbha is around 6.7 per cent. Similarly, plenty of raw materials is available in Vidarbha. It is also centrally located, logistically good and is fast turning into an educational hub. Similarly, there is good manpower available in the region. Land is also available at cheap. There is also good government support. Two thirds of mineral reserves and one third of forest reserves of Maharashtra are located in Vidarbha. Vidarbha produces 7.5 million bales of cotton. It is also the largest producer of oranges and can also boast of dry port with immense export potential. Power is also available at reasonable rates.
Mr Atul Pande, President of VIA, in his introductory remark said there are ten major clusters in Vidarbha of which food cluster is most important. Vidarbha also has some best global and local brands names.VIA is playing an important role in supporting industries, he said.
Mr A O Kuruvila, Deputy Director – Trade and Education, World Trade Centre in Mumbai, said Maharashtra Government is focussing on Vidarbha because situation in this part of the country needs to be changed. Mr. J. P. Ghate, Advisor, World Trade Centre Mumbai also spoke on this occasion about the summit.
Mr Arun Khobragade, President of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), about strengths of Vidarbha said, Nagpur city has good infrastructure and various trains from Nagpur offer a good means of rail transport to Vidarbhaites. Nagpur is also connected to Sharjah by air route, so people are moving out to other places and replacing agriculture with horticulture. Even floriculture is and vegetable processing is coming into picture. As a result, more number of Nagpur brands are adorining the shelves of people. Even number of varieties of fruits and vegetables that can be processed and sold to Nagpurian is increasing. Per centage of cash crops too has increased with another added advantage being that PDKV is also located in Vidarbha.
Foreign Delegates Mr. Luca Bernardini, Coordinator for India – Slow Food Planet project, WTC Milan / Slow Food – Italy, Mr. Per-Stefan Gersbro, Managing Director, Packbridge, Sweden, Ms. Eva Norling Gersbro, Events and Administration, Packbridge, Sweden, Mr. Ching Hsin Lin, Director, Taipei World Trade Center Liaison Office in Mumbai, Taipei, Mr. Mohammed Abdullah, Managing Director, SAAD Securities Ltd. Bangladesh, Mrs. Anjani Lata Karan, accompanying Person,High Commission of the Republic of Fiji, Mr. Marco Marzano de Marinis, Executive Director, World Farmers’ Organisation, Italy, Ms. Luisa Volpe, World Farmers’ Organisation, Italy, Ms. Evdokimova Natalya, Deputy Director General of Foundation, Support Center for Ugra Export, Russia, Mr. Novoselov Vasiliy, Director of Region-K LLC, Kondinskiy District, Russia, Ms. Sycheva Natalia, The representative of LLC Siberian Capital, Village Izluchinsk, Nizhnevartovsk Region, Russia, Mr. Bekker Alexander, The Head of Peasant Farm Bekker, Russia, Dr. Parshuram Samal, Principal Scientist, Central Rice Research Institute, India, Mr V. N. Athawale, Vipra Agri. Business Dev. Services, Pune & Consultant to SFAC, New Delhi India, Mr. Pramod Kolapte, Assistant. Manager, Maharashtra Agro Industries Development Corporation, India, Ms. Bhami Vora, Head of Dept. Health &Nutrition, Fight Hunger Foundation, India, Fourteen delegates from Bangladesh, Russia, Siberia, Fiji, Taipei and Italy later on visited food processing units of Vidarbha.
Mr Gaurav Sarda, Chairman, VIA Exim Forum, conducted the programme. Formal vote of thanks proposed by Mr Aditya Saraf, Treasurer-VIA. Mr Om Jajodia, Chairman – VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum, Mr Akash Agrawal, Mr Pankaj Bakshi, Mr Pratik Tapadia, Mr Hardik Khakkar, Mr Chandrashekar Padgilwar, Dr Ushoshi Guha, Ms Sona Kumar and Mr Damodar Tiwade were prominently present.
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