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IICTF to provide cooperatives platform to showcase products, says Tomar
Thursday, 11 July, 2019, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
The India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF), which will be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi between October 11 and 13, 2019, will provide a good opportunity for cooperatives to showcase their products to a wider audience.

This was stated by agriculture and farmers’ welfare minister Narendra Singh Tomar while jointly addressing a curtain raiser with commerce and industry and Railways minister Piyush Goyal, which was held in New Delhi recently to announce the fair.

It was the vision of Sardar Patel that farmers should be strengthened through cooperatives across the nation and asserted that while agriculture is the backbone of India, the cooperative movement is the soul of India.

Minister of state for agriculture Kailash Choudhary, agriculture secretary Sanjay Agarwal and other senior officials of the ministry of agriculture farmers’ welfare were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Goyal said the government was committed to the betterment of the farmers of the country, and the synergy between commerce and agriculture created manifold opportunities for value-added exports.

He added that tribal cooperatives will be provided special concessions in the trade fair, and underlined the need to make farmers and agriculture-based industries self-reliant.

Goyal said that in the three consultations held with Tomar, after the formation of this government, both the ministries have committed to establish a framework to double farm exports from Rs 2.75 lakh crore to about Rs 7 lakh crore by 2024-2025. He also announced that a cooperative sector export promotion forum will be established as an exchange platform for the cooperatives in India.

A large number of Indian cooperatives and international cooperative organisations are expected to participate in the three-day event. The cooperative sector has a big role to play in doubling the agricultural exports from the present $30 billion to $60 billion by 2022. The initiative is a part of the Agriculture Export Policy 2018, which aims at doubling the agriculture exports and integrating Indian farmers and agriculture products with global value chains.

The trade fair is aimed at promoting cooperative-to-cooperative trade within the country and abroad leading to enhanced rural and farm prosperity. It will offer a huge opportunity for the industry and business houses from India and abroad to build alliances, product sourcing and interact with the primary producers of a wide range of products and service providers.

Tomar, Goyal and Choudhary also unveiled the logo and released the brochure of IICTF.
 
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