Greece and India discuss boosting agri-food collaboration

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Issues related to developing collaboration in agri-food products between Greece and India were discussed at meetings of Greek Agricultural Development & Foods Lefteris Avgenakis with Ministers Parshottam Rupala (Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries) and Piyush Goyal (Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution) during his visit to New Delhi on Friday.

According to a Greek ministry statement, Avgenakis discussed, among other things, the exchange of technical know-how with Minister Rupala. At the same time, they agreed on sales of business delegations to strengthen collaboration between the two countries.

They also discussed the issue of new certifications for Greek dairy products exported to India.

Avgenakis then met with Minister Goyal.

At talks with both ministers, the Greek official discussed the creation at a Greek port of a Center of Safety and Origination for imports of Indian products to Europe and the Middle East. This would certify the safety of Indian foods imported into Greece and the European Union, the statement said.

Other issues of mutual interest discussed were water and irrigation infrastructure, foods and the export of Greek kiwi fruits, oranges and apples to India, and herbs and pharmaceutical plants.

As Avgenakis said, Greece and India have shared values and interests, which form a solid foundation to boost trade relations in agri-food.

On Saturday, Avgenakis is scheduled to meet with the Minister of Food Processing Industries, Pashupati Kumar Paras, at the exhibition centre Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi.

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