Publication : News Express
Edition : 25.07.2014

KOCHI: For the first time, the Kerala government is hosting Global Agro Meet 2014 in the state. The event is to embrace new technology in the agriculture and food processing sectors in the state and to adopt professional approach in these sectors. Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation is the nodal agency for the event, which will be held as part of the BIOFACH India meet on November 6 to 8 at Angamaly in Ernakulam district.

The event, being jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Kerala Agriculture Department, expects participation from Vietnam, the Philippines and Israel.

Ahead of the meet, a 10-15 member delegation from Kerala is expected to visit these countries in September. It had already visited Sri Lanka in last March to find out business, investment, joint venture and trade opportunities in sectors like coconut products, value addition in vegetables, agriculture, food processing and marine products.

“Due to unavailability of land it is not possible to set up heavy industries in Kerala. But the state has great potential in agriculture and food processing sectors. With the Global Agro Meet, we expect to get a global exposure in these sectors,” said Shivdas B Menon, head of Global Agro Meet 2014 from CII.

“A delegation from Kerala will visit the Philippines (coconut production), Vietnam (pepper, snacks and value added products) and Israel (high-tech agriculture) to have an in-depth knowledge in respective sectors,” Menon said.

The meet includes conference, exposition and B2B meetings focusing on agriculture and food processing. BIOFACH India offers a concentrated platform for the organic sector players from the Indian subcontinent as well as worldwide.


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