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Govt should promote ‘Trade with India’
India enjoys an excellent economic relationship with Netherlands, and both countries are trying to increase bilateral trade. Netherlands is known for adopting technology in agriculture and has taken the lead in using robots in dairy farms and allied farming activities. Dutch firms are now seeking to market not only their produce but also their expertise to foreign farmers. Accompanying Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and a trade delegation from 80 different businesses, Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture of the Netherlands, took time out of her busy schedule to speak to BusinessLine on the opportunities for both countries. Edited excerpts.
Spice exports rose 8% to Rs
India’s spices exports touched Rs. 14,899.68 crore in 2014-15 against Rs. 13,735.39 crore in the previous fiscal on the back of robust global demand. Chilli, mint and mint products, cumin, spice oils and oleoresins, pepper, turmeric, coriander, small cardamom, curry powder/paste and fenugreek contributed substantially to the spice export basket, as the demand scaled up phenomenally at the global level.