- Created on Sunday, 02 June 2013 17:02
On the 26th of May 2013, the Feeding the Planet (FTP) project landed in India for a week (until June 2nd 2013), on their very first mission to India with a delegation consisting of experts from agriculture, agro-food and agro-biotechnologies. EBTC led the delegation in the exploration and study of the Indian agro and biotech sectors.
FTP is a project funded by the European Commission and co-ordinated by the Lombardy Region of Italy. This world class European cluster comprises of Parco Tecnologico Padano (Lombardy), Agropolis International (Languedoc-Roussillon), and Oost NV- East Netherlands Development Agency (East Netherlands) with the aim of strengthening the long-term competitiveness of cluster SMEs, companies and research organizations in the Agro-Food sector in the global market.
The mission enabled the cluster partners to promote their region in terms of future business opportunities/partnerships with Indian entities through a combination of seminars, B2Bs and study tours to Indian government organizations, research Institutes and public and private companies.
Seminars on ‘Indo-European Collaborative R&D and Business Opportunities’ took place in Chandigarh on 27th May 2013, in association with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), and in Nashik on 30th May 2013 in association with Nashik Industries and Manufacturers Association (NIMA). During the seminars in both cities, an overview of the respective State’s strengths in the agri-food biotechnology sector and possible areas of collaboration were given by Indian experts, whilst representatives of FTP clusters gave presentations on activities of their respective clusters followed by discussions and B2B sessions.
In Nashik, agro-food processing and winery companies participated in the seminar seeking to study or to establish joint ventures or collaborate technically with industries mainly in the agriculture, winery and food processing sectors in India. Mr. Jagdish Holkar, Chairman, Indian Grape Processing Board spoke on Nasik Agro & Food Processing –called on the European delegation, in a bid to acquire the technology that would help the need of domestic wine industry to match up to international standards in its produce and several other agro food processing opportunities.
It was through site visits that delegates received a real-world insight into the industries. In Chandigarh, PSCST helped EBTC to organise visits to the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), Bio Processing Unit (BPU), Institute of Nano Science & Technology (INST), Punjab Biotechnology Incubator (PBTI) & Indian Institute of Science Education & Research on 27th and 28th May 2013. And in cooperation with the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE), EBTC organized a site visit to Kejriwal Bee Care India Pvt. Ltd. where an overview on the honey processing status in India was given to the delegates.
The delegation also visited the biotechnology and molecular department of the Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), PUSA campus, Delhi on 29th May 2013, sharing interesting research results related to the bio-agri field and bioinformatics, and had an opportunity to meet the All India Food Processor’s Association (AIFPA) to learn about the opportunities and challenges in India’s food processing sector. In Nashik, NIMA and EBTC organized site visits to York Wineries; Sula Wineries; MET Knowledge City, Freshtrop fruit and vegetables processing company and Renaissance wineries on 30 and 31st May respectively.