Last week, Undersecretary of State Ewa Lech visited New Delhi, India. The main objective of the visit were direct talks with the representatives of the Management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of the Republic of India on the export of Polish agri-food products.
Photo. Undersecretary of State Ewa Lech at the seminar
Poland is interested mainly in selling poultry, pork and apples to the Indian market. Deputy Minister Lech also met with the Management of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries of the Republic of India and the representatives of the business and press.
The visit also included participation in the seminar on Polish-Indian cooperation in the field of agriculture and in the events promoting Polish food products.
Deputy Minister Ewa Lech met with the State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of the Republic of India, S. S. Ahluwalia, Undersecretary of State, D. Chaudhry and Undersecretary of State S.K. Pattanayak. The main subjects of those meetings were: access of Polish agri-food articles to the Indian market, potential of Polish-Indian scientific cooperation and Polish promotional activities in that market. Both parties stressed the interest in further strengthening of cooperation in the agri-food sector.
The Indian partners confirmed the approval of the updated phytosanitary requirements for the export of Polish apples, as well as indicated the end of May as the date of entering the new regulations into force. They also declared readiness to urgently conclude the arrangements on health certificates for poultry meat and poultry meat products, determining access of those products to the Indian market. They also expresses their interest in becoming familiar with the Polish experience related to the procedures and technologies for processing pork and poultry, as well as the functioning of the veterinary services.
Polish Deputy Minister also met with the Minister of Food Processing, H. K Badal. The talks focused on, inter alia, bilateral cooperation, also scientific, in the context of food processing, storage and preservation, as well as the opportunities for the Polish entrepreneurs from implementing by India the programme of building food industry centres, so-called Mega Food Parks. Minister Badal invited Poland to participate in the World Food Exhibition, to be held in New Delhi in November 2017, as the partner country. Also at this meeting, the Indian party stressed the interest in Polish technologies and know-how, this time in the context of fruit and vegetable processing.
Another important element of the visit was participation of Deputy Minister E. Lech in the opening ceremony of the International Food Fair Aahar 2017, during which the MARD and the Department of Promotion, Trade and Investment of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in New Delhi organised a promotional and information stand. The Polish exhibition enjoyed great interest among the visitors. The visitors asked many questions about Polish products on the stand. The representatives of the Polish agri-food sector companies, present at the fair, had an opportunity to establish important business contacts.
Ewa Lech also inaugurated a seminar on Polish-Indian cooperation in the field of agriculture, which was attended by the Polish and Indian experts in the field of seed production, plant protection, animal breeding and agricultural mechanisation. The Indian participants were interested in the Polish experience related to the functioning of the veterinary and phytosanitary services in Poland, as well as in research cooperation on optimising the design of agricultural machinery. The gathered representatives of Indian companies expressed their interest in establishing contacts with the Polish entrepreneurs, inter alia, exporters of apples, live poultry, poultry meat and pork, as well as producers of agricultural production machinery.