In a boost for Government’s Make in India push for the food processing sector, Italy has launched its maiden mega food park in India as the two nations expand collaboration and engagement in a bid to deepen the bilateral ties. On April 17, Italy launched its first ever mega food park project in India involving food processing facilities. This pilot project named “The Mega Food Park” was launched virtually, with the signing of a Letter of Intent between the ICE Office in Mumbai and Fanidhar Mega Food Park, in Gujarat.
As per the report, the event was attended by the Ambassador of Italy to India Vincenzo de Luca, and the Ambassador of India to Italy, Neena Malothra. “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” said de Luca. This is the first Italian-Indian food park project, an initiative in the food-processing field. The main aim of this project is to develop a synergy between agriculture and industry of both countries. It also focuses on the research and development of newer, efficient technologies in the sector, the report said. The entire project also involves Emilia Romagna Region, SACE, ANIMA (Italian Association representing companies operating in the metalworking sector) and FederUnacoma (Italian Agricultural Machinery Federation of Manufacturers).