Italy and India launched a project last month to create the first Italian – Indian food park in the Subcontinent and to strengthen bilateral cooperation. This is the Mega Food Park – – promoters the Italian Embassy in New Delhi and the ICE Office in Mumbai – whose goal is to stimulate local production and promote cooperation between the various players in the agricultural supply chains. Present at the launch of the project, in a virtual way, the two Ambassadors Vincenzo de Luca and Neena Malothra.
The Mega Food Park aims to maximize the added value of products – reducing environmental consumption and waste production – and increase employment in rural areas of India. Once the plant is installed, agricultural infrastructures will then be created, such as centers for the collection and processing of food, and the structuring of a new cold chain.
The Italian-Indian food park represents a pilot project and also provides for the transfer, internally, of technologies and the development of training activities in a sector in which our country boasts large production capacities: Italy is one of the global suppliers of agricultural machinery, especially those intended for food processing and food packaging. India, on the other hand, is the world’s leading producer of food and second country in the world for food consumption and availability of arable land.
To date, in India, the food processing industry is worth about 260 billion dollars, 9% of India’s GDP – according to pre-Covid-19 data – and needs new infrastructures for distribution, storage and transport of agricultural products. The Mega Food Park is therefore essential for bilateral economic collaboration between Italy and the second largest country in the world by population in the food processing sector. The involvement of FederUnacoma – the National Federation of agricultural machinery manufacturers – is also expected, together with Anima, the Italian association representing engineering companies, the Emilia-Romagna Region and Sace.