The agriculture ministry is in talks with the Russian government to expedite testing and clearing of Indian dairy, fish and meat processing units for exports, a long-standing demand of Indian food processors who are keen to tap its market.
“Russia is in the process to approve several processing plants for dairy, meat and fish. This will give market access and lead to rise in exports,” said an agriculture ministry official.
According to the official, in the past one month there have been deliberations between the two countries and various ministries. Officials from food safety, agriculture and trade recently met to facilitate trade in agriculture and food processing, he said.
“We have come at a basic understanding on issues from health and veterinary, phyto sanitary measures and certification procedures etc,” said the official.
Indian exporters are looking at new markets to expand and Russia has a huge potential, said the official.
“Marine exports have seen a 25% growth in the last 3-4 years, with over 1.2 million tonnes, valued at Rs 40,000 crore, being exported in 2016-17. We are the largest exporter of shrimps to the Eurpoean Union and the US, and Russia can be the next market,” the official said.
“Opening of Russian market for Indian dairy sector will be a good opportunity for India farmers. There is market of over 2 lakh tonnes only for cheese, which we can tap,” said Parag Milk Foods chairman Devendra Shah.