Minister of Rural Development and Food of Greece: Greece can be India's gateway to the EU


Greece's will to be a gateway for Indian products in Europe was reiterated by the Minister of Agricultural Development and Food, Lefteris Avgenakis, during the awarding of training certificates to Indian students who were trained as part of the program "Good practices for increasing milk production in Indian farms."

This is the 7th cycle of graduates in the context of the specific program.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasised, "We want Greece to be a commercial hub between the Middle East and Europe for Indian agricultural exports, a gateway for India to the European market. Our country is a pillar of stability, peace and security in the region, which makes it a reliable partner for India."

It is recalled that a month ago, the Ministry of Rural Development and Food of Greece visited India following the visit of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to Greece and had contacts with ministers related to the agri-food sector. In the same context, the Indian Minister of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairying, Mr Parshottam Rupala, will visit Greece in January.

As the Minister of Rural Development and Food said, "Greece is a country of high investment interest, especially after the recovery of the investment grade, which attracts Indian businessmen to invest in our country. India is - now - the most populous country in the world, which, combined with its high economic growth rate, ranks as one of the world's fastest-growing economic giants. The human capital it has, especially in the fields of technology and innovation, as well as the huge market demand for products and services, make it the ideal partner for international collaborations."

In conclusion, he said, "Greece and India are two countries with a long history. We can get one more: Good cooperation in the agri-food sector. After all, we are countries where the agri-food sector strongly imprints on our societies. So we invest in good relations, hoping for mutual benefit."

The training program takes place at the Joist Innovation Park with the cooperation of the Indian organisation Narwal Dairy Farm and the support of the Hellenic Indian Chamber and the Sallas Group.

The event was attended by the Indian Ambassador Rudrendra Tandon, the new Regional Governor of Thessaly, Dimitris Kouretas, the Secretary General of Hellenism Abroad, Yiannis Chrysoulakis, the Rector of the University of Thessaly, Charalambos Billinis, the management of Joist and the Secretary General of the Greek-Indian Chamber, Dimitris Melas.

Earlier, the Minister of Rural Development and Food, Lefteris Avgenakis, visited the University of Thessaly, where he met with the rector, Charalambos Billini, with whom he discussed the possibility of creating a Technology Park between the University, the Region of Thessaly, the Municipality of Larissa and Joist, on lands belonging to at the HYPAAT. This specific initiative aims to strengthen the effort to introduce technology in the agri-food sector.

The new Regional Governor, Dimitris Kouretas, also attended the meeting.

READ MORE: “Greece and India: A millennia-old friendship that grows stronger” – Mitsotakis.

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