India’s exports to Qatar has significantly increased since the blockade which began in June 2017, delegates at a recent trade show held in Doha commented.
According to a presentation made during ‘Vibrant Tamil Nadu Roadshow’, India accounts for more than 50 percent of total vegetables and fruits currently imported by Qatar.
Exports of food products, especially vegetables and fruits, from India to Qatar registered impressive gains in the 10-month period after the economic blockade, Qatar Tribune reported citing the presentation.
Introduction of two direct shipping lines from Qatar to India last year has played a vital role in increasing the trade volume between the two countries.
The top ten food commodities exported from India to Qatar are rice, vegetables, poultry and meat, dry fruits, mango pulp, milk products, snacks, seafood, fruits and pickles.
“Although the final figures are yet to come, we have witnessed a marked increase of at least 50 percent in exports from India to Qatar since the blockade,” Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE P Kumaran, who addressed representatives of Doha-based food companies on the occasion, said,
Stating that India is a leading producer of various food grains, agro as well as animal products, Kumaran said the two countries are engaged in exploring opportunities for bilateral cooperation to ensure food security of Qatar.
Organised by Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC), the roadshow was marked by presentations to highlight the opportunities offered by the summit for various stakeholders in agro-food, agri-business and related sectors of Qatar.
Published on 22 April 2018