Kashmir Traders Attend UAE-India Food Security Summit

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DUBAI: The geographical indication (GI) tagged Saffron from Kashmir was launched in Al Maya Super Market, Dubai by Principal Secretary Agriculture Production and Farmers Welfare Department, J&K, Navin K. Choudhary on Wednesday.

A GI tag is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Saffron from Kashmir stall will remain available in Al Maya Supper Market, which is headed by Group Director  Kamal Vachani.

Pertinent to mention that a delegation of traders and government officials from Jammu and Kashmir led by  Navin Chaudhary is participating in UAE-India Food Security Summit, 2020.

Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, Director Horticulture Kashmir alongwith Jahangir Hashmi, Additional Secretary, Horticulture and  K. K. Sharma of Agriculture Department are also accompanying Principal Secretary.

During the meeting with Consulate General of India, Dr. Aman Puri, he said India is on radar for import of best quality fruits and food products and formulation of trade agreements with UAE.

Puri remarked that UAE-India partnership in food trade can strengthen food security in the entire Middle East and North Africa region.

The summit brings several key stakeholders from both the countries on one platform to share their experiences, deliberations on solutions and explore ways to further increase the collaboration in the food security.

Delegates comprising businessmen from J&K include Farooq Amin,  Owais Altaf Bukhari,  Umer Tramboo, Manan Tramboo, Sanjay Puri,  Kulbhushan Khajuria,  Shahid Kamili, Mushtaq Chaya,  Khurram Mir,  Ehsaan Javid,  Maajid Waffai,  Izhan Javeed and Shahjahan. They also attended the event and held several roundtable discussions with UAE business leaders.

Principal Secretary said during round table conference that Kashmiri bakery is one of the best in quality in world besides apple, cherry, walnut, basmati rice and saffron. The delegation has completed a “fruitful” meeting with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

Al Maya Group, UAE agreed to visit Kashmir in the month of June 2021 to see more trade agreements. The UAE and India aim to increase the volume of trade in food products mani folds in the next five years.

The summit also saw discussions and presentations on food processing equipment’s & technology, dairy product development and infrastructure including development of logistics and integrated cold chains, infrastructure development for fishing harbours, floriculture with multi-national companies of UAE.

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