Vietnamese delegates at the seminar (Source: VNA)

New Delhi (VNA) – A seminar introducing cooperation potential between Vietnam and India in the domains of agriculture and processed food was organised on January 18 as part of the ongoing Global Food & Beverage Show of India in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The event saw the participation of representatives from management agencies and food companies, and those specialising in exporting and importing ago-aquaculture products and processed food from the two countries.

Addressing the event, Santosh Kumar Sarangi from India’s Ministry of Industry and Trade highlighted the recent impressive growth in two-way trade, and suddenly development of cooperation in processed food between the two nations.

Nguyen Le Thanh from the Vietnamese Embassy in India thanked the two countries’ ministries of industry and trade for organising the event, stressing that the economic and trade bond between the two countries has recorded fruitful results apart from their diplomatic and defence ties.

Meanwhile, Do Huu Huy from the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade proposed measures to expand bilateral trade, emphasising the need to forge exchange of visits, information sharing, and organisation of trade fairs.

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, Vietnam-India trade hit 7.63 billion USD in 2017, up 41 percent year-on-year, and five times higher than that of 2007.

Vietnam imports aquatic products, vegetables and animal feed from India while exporting coffee, pepper, cashew nut and seafood to the Southern Asia country.

Vietnam’s export turnover to India surged by 21 times, from 180 million USD in 2007 to 3.76 billion USD in 2017.

In the framework of the Show, a number of programmes were also arranged to introduce opportunities and potential for the development of food and beverages industry in India.

Events to promote exchange with India exporters were included, making it easy for participants to seek partners and business opportunities.

Food and beverages industry is one of the important sectors that India gives priority to. The country is now the world leading producer of many agricultural commodities such as milk, rice, wheat, tea, cane sugar and spice.

India’s food processing industry values at 258 billion USD, and the country’s food market attracted 6.82 billion USD in foreign direct investment in the period 2000-2016. India’s agricultural product and food export is forecast to reach 70 billion USD in 2020. -VNA