The launch ceremony of the pilot project "The Mega Food Park" was held in a virtual mode with the signing of a letter of intent between the Ice office in Mumbai and the Fanidhar Mega Food Park, in Gujarat. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Ambassador of Italy to India, Vincenzo de Luca, and the Ambassador of India to Italy, Neena Malhotra. The one launched today is the first Italian-Indian food park project.
The park is part of the food-processing sector, which is one of the pillars of the partnership between the two countries, according to the priorities identified at the Summit between the two Prime Ministers held on 6 November. The project aims to create synergy between agriculture and industry of the two countries and leverages the expertise, research and development of new and more efficient technologies in the sector by the Italian side.
Italy also aims to explore the great opportunities offered by the Indian market, through Indian institutions and companies. The project, promoted by the Italian Embassy in New Delhi and the ICE Office in Mumbai, envisages the involvement of the Emilia Romagna Region, SACE, ANIMA (the Italian association representing metalworking companies) and FederUnacoma (Federation of Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers).
"SMEs and Italian technology, in collaboration with Indian food parks, open a new chapter in the economic partnership between Italy and India with a pilot project in a priority area of intervention such as food processing" stated Ambassador de Luca.