NCDC, which has been going whole hog to make the upcoming International Cooperatives Trade Fair a success, got a boost in its arms when for the first time two Union Ministers-Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal agreed to jointly address a press conference on the issue.
The presser, scheduled 12 noon Tuesday is taking place at PIB headquarters in Delhi in the presence several media persons. Host of NCDC officials led by its MD Sundeep Nayak would be present to assist the union ministers.
It bears recall that the first ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF) is going to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 11th till 13th October, 2019. Steered by NCDC, the Fair is being conducted with the support of international organization (NEDAC), three Ministries, four State Governments and several apex level Indian cooperative organizations.
The fair is aligned to the Agriculture Export Policy 2018 which aims at doubling the agriculture export and integrating Indian farmers and agriculture products with global value chains. A large number of Indian Cooperatives and International Cooperative Organisations are expected to participate in this three day event.
“The Trade Fair is aimed at promoting cooperative to cooperative trade within India and abroad leading to enhanced rural and farm prosperity. The fair will be packed with conferences, exhibitions, B2B meetings, C2C meetings, sales promotion, marketing and products display business, networking, policy advocacy etc., providing an immense opportunity to the participants to collaborate and explore business opportunities with the Cooperative Organisations from India and abroad”, underlined Sundeep Nayak while talking to Indian Cooperative earlier.
Focus would be on agriculture and allied sectors and it may include dairy, commodities, exports, technology, climate smart agriculture, processing, packaging, storage, machinery, brand promotion, marketing, coop-banking, agri-tech, cyber-security, livestock, fisheries and many mor added Nayak
The Trade Fair offers a huge opportunity for the industry and business houses from India and abroad to build alliances, business networking, product sourcing and above all, interacting with the primary producers of a wide range of products and service providers.
The Cooperative sector has a big role to play in doubling agriculture exports from present US $ 30 billion to US$ 60 billion by 2022 as envisaged in the Agriculture Export Policy. Towards this end a Cooperative Sector Exports Promotion Forum has been set up in NCDC very recently, revealed the MD.