The proposed centre will have the most modern food processing and packaging facilities and will also provide employment opportunities to the local youths
ABU DHABI – Abu Dhabi-headquartered Lulu Group International, an Indian-owned multinational retail chain with more than 190 Lulu Hypermarkets across all the six Middle Eastern countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Egypt, has announced that it would set up a modern food processing and logistics centre in India’s Jammu and Kashmir.
This was announced by Yusuffali MA, Lulu Group Chairman, during a meeting with a delegation from Jammu & Kashmir held on the sidelines of the UAE-India Food Security Summit 2020, organised by the Consul General of India Dubai in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry and Invest India.
The delegation was headed by Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production and Horticulture, Government of Jammu & Kashmir, according to a group statement.
“We are happy to announce our firm plan to open a base in the scenic state of Jammu & Kashmir which has an immense potential in the field of fruits and vegetables, pulses, spices, dry fruits and other products. We are one of the leading importers of food and non-food products from India and setting up of a new food processing and logistics centre will further boost exports of Kashmiri products to GCC and other countries, said Yusuffali during the meeting.
Currently, Lulu imports apples and saffron from Kashmir, and imports will significantly increase in the coming years, he said. The proposed centre will have the most modern food processing and packaging facilities and will also provide employment opportunities to the local youths.
Lulu imported more than 400 tonnes of Kashmiri apples during January-November this year, falling short of its target due to the restrictions of the covid pandemic, he added
During the meeting, the Lulu Group chief recalled that Lulu Hypermarkets was the first retailer to import the famous Kashmiri apples across its 190-plus hypermarkets in GCC and far-eastern countries last year.
The initiative to import Kashmiri apples to the Gulf was the direct result of meetings held during the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UAE, where Yusuffali shared his willingness to procure Kashmiri agricultural produce and set up a logistics hub in Srinagar for uninterrupted supply, recalled Yusuffali during the meeting.
The meeting was also attended by Jahangir Hashmi, Additional Secretary, Horticulture Department of Jammu and Kashmir; Neelu Rohra, Consul, Commerce Section; Ananth AV, Lulu Director; Salim VI, Chief Operations Officer; Salim MA, Director of Lulu, and other officials.