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State Secretary Bleser: "A significant boost to German-Indian trade in foodstuffs"

The German food industry wishes to expand cooperation with India

Peter Bleser, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, is conducting expert talks in India this week.

Today, on the occasion of the talks in New Delhi, the German Export Association for Food and Agriproducts (GEFA e.V.) stated that it had become a member of the Forum of Indian Food Importers (FIFI). The GEFA has thus taken some important steps towards further opening up the Indian market for German foodstuffs. "GEFA's membership in the Forum of Indian Food Importers represents a significant boost for the German-Indian trade in foodstuffs. This constitutes a new and productive foundation for cooperation between the economic operators," Bleser explained.

The Indian FIFI association regards itself as a representative of the interests of importers towards retailers, commercial agencies and state authorities. It offers its members access to comprehensive data, market analyses, legal provisions and assistance in entering the Indian market. Since 2009, the number of countries exporting products to India with FIFI assistance increased from 20 to 52. The export volume of German agricultural products to India currently amounts to € 25 million. By contrast, Germany imports Indian agricultural products worth € 590 million. Both FIFI and GEFA expect a considerable increase in mutual trade. Above all, there is a high and growing demand in India for high-priced and high-quality food specialities from Germany.

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