Greek fruit producers, predominantly apple growers are sending trial shipments to India following a request they made in 2015 to expand to the Asian market giant, Giorgos Polychronakis, consultant to the Federation of Greek Export Businesses of Fruit, Vegetables, and Juices Incofruit-Hellas, told ANA on Tuesday.
The Indian Agricultural Ministry’s approval was conveyed to the corresponding Greek ministry through Vassilis Skronias, plenipotentiary minister of economic and commercial affairs at the Greek embassy in New Delhi.
The Indian government is interested in Greek apples and kiwi fruit of Greek production "on a permanent basis", pending a trial of at least 8 to 10 trial shipments under specified conditions.
Polychronakis told ANA that other agreements were pending for the export of Greek prunes, cherries, and citrus fruit.
This comes as the Ambassador of Greece to India Panos Kalogeropoulos along with Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) invited Indian Companies to explore business opportunities in Greece.
Kalogeropoulos, spoke extensively on the rebound of the Greek economy after the country’s exit from a bailout programme in August this year and in keeping with this resurgence of the Greek economy back into the mainstream, Kalogeropoulos sent an open invitation to Indian companies to expand their business horizons by forging new alliances in the form of new technology, business collaboration and exchange of ideas in the sectors of energy, food and agriculture, life sciences, ICT, logistics and tourism among others, with Greek counterparts.
Kalogeropoulos also announced that India will be the ‘Honoured Nation’ at the Thessaloniki International Fair 2019 (TIF) Greece.