The government of Greece is in talks with India’s leading FMCG company BL Agro to explore strategic partnerships in the adoption of agriculture technology, exchange of skilled manpower, promotion of agri trade, animal science, and steps to mitigate climate change.
Minister of Rural Development and Food of the Hellenic Republic, Eleftherious Avgenakis and Dimitrios Loannou, Ambassador of Greece to India, met Ashish Khandelwal, MD, BL Agro, and Navneet Ravikar, chairman and MD, Leads Connect, during a reception held at the Embassy of Greece in November 2023. The reception, organized by BL Agro Group, was held in honor of the minister to highlight India-Greece relations in agriculture, animal husbandry fisheries, and food processing sectors.
“We want to deepen trade ties with India. We want to have deeper interactions with India in the fields of agriculture and animal sciences. The entire value chain of farmers in India and Greece should benefit from this strategic partnership,” said Eleftherious Avgenakis.
Navneet Ravikar said, “We had fruitful talks with the Greek minister and explored opportunities for collaboration in different sectors of agriculture. The discussion was essentially on using our technology in Greece. The minister is very keen on understanding how we can provide better-skilled manpower to Greece, better agriculture technology, and methods to mitigate climate change. It was also about how India can help Greece build better agriculture and veterinary institutions.”
Ravikar said Leads Connect is exploring options to import feta cheese, olive oil, and wine from Greece and export high-quality millets, basmati rice, spices, and other agricultural products from India. Recently, BL Agro has formed a JV with Greece-based Salas International Group, one of the largest aid-providing firms in Europe, to provide food kits in disaster-struck areas.
Ravikar said Leads Connect has tied up with JOIST Innovation Park, a Greek start-up incubator firm, to bring funds into India for tech startups. “We want to bring them to India and specifically use their expertise in the field of agri-tech. We are soon signing an agreement on this,” he said.