DGFT Virtual Trade Fair connects Indian exporters with global buyers
India is witnessing many firsts in agriculture these days, especially in horticultural products. Several places in India exported their horticultural products for the first time to foreign lands with collaborative efforts of APEDA and the government.
Similar to this was the virtual trade fair which saw exhibitors from different states of India showcase their products to hundreds of importers and visitors who attended the fair from across the country and around the world.
Agri Virtual Fair – “From India to the world”
For the first time, agricultural exporters from remote districts of India have connected with international buyers from the United States, United Arab Emirates and Japan. A virtual exhibition “From India to the World” organized by the DGFT sees 197 exhibitors from the States of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh present their products to 300 visitors and importers from national and international buyers
As part of the Districts as Export Hubs initiative, the General Directorate of Foreign Trade (DGFT) of the Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Authority for the Development of Exports of Processed Food and Agricultural Products (APEDA) and Invest India, hosted a 2-day virtual awareness event linking exporters in Districts with buyers outside India.
After the opening ceremony, a virtual trade fair was held with the participation of 197 exhibitors from the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The event provided a platform for small sellers from previously unknown regions for exports, with the exception of large Indian exporters. About 28 stands from Jammu and Kashmir and 5 from Ladakh were highlighted in the exhibit.
The virtual awareness event attracted over 300 visitors and importers from domestic and international buyers, including the United States, United Arab Emirates and Japan. Highlight agricultural products under five categories:
Three interactive buyer-seller sessions were organized with the support of the Indian Embassies of the United States, United Arab Emirates and Japan. Few of the leading supermarkets such as Spinney, Walmart and Lulu also participated in the interactive sessions and showed a keen interest in Indian agricultural products.
The event marked the start of a series of events that will be organized to boost Indian exports and commemorate 75 years of Indian independence as part of the Districts as Export Hubs initiative.
Indeed, Indian agriculture is on the move. The world is paying more attention than ever to Indian agricultural products. Our country has long been among the best in the cultivation and production of agricultural products and now it is receiving well-deserved attention and value.