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'Marked increase in exports from India to Qatar since blockade'

'Marked increase in exports from India to Qatar since blockade'


Satyendra Pathak
Doha
INDIA accounts for more than 50 percent of total vegetables and fruits currently imported by Qatar, according to a presentation made during the 'Vibrant Tamil Nadu Roadshow' held in Doha.
According to the presentation, exports of food products especially vegetables and fruits from India to Qatar registered impressive gains in the 10-month period after the economic blockade was imposed on Qatar by neighbouring countries in June last year.
Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE P Kumaran, who addressed representatives of Doha-based food companies on the occasion, said,"Although the final figures are yet to come, we have witnessed a marked increase of at least 50 percent in exports from India to Qatar since the blockade."
Introduction of two direct shipping lines from Qatar to India last year has played a vital role in increasing the trade volume between the two countries.
"Many Indian food companies, especially from Tamil Nadu, have entered the Qatari market to meet the country's demand. There is still a lot of scope for Indian companies in Qatar's growing food market," the envoy said.
Stating that India is a leading producer of various food grains, agro as well as animal products, Kumaran said the two countries are engaged in exploring opportunities for bilateral cooperation to ensure food security of Qatar.
The top ten food commodities exported from India to Qatar are rice, vegetables, poultry and meat, dry fruits, mango pulp, milk products, snacks, seafood, fruits and pickles.
There is a marked increase in supply of all these commodities in 2017-2018 compared to 2016-2017 financial year, Vibrant Tamil Nadu Chairman KT Rajan said.
He also invited representatives of Qatari food companies to take part in the 'Vibrant Tamil Nadu Global Food Expo and Summit' to be held in Madurai from August 12 to 15.
Organised by Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC), the roadshow was marked by presentations to highlight the opportunities offered by the summit for various stakeholders in agro-food, agri-business and related sectors of Qatar.
It also provided participants an opportunity to learn more about the latest technological developments and innovations in agriculture, food and beverage sector, food processing, packaging, logistics, cold chain, cold storage and warehousing.

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