India is ready for business” was the overarching message at an agri-foods roundtable discussion in Brisbane on 6 October 2023, led by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAF), Queensland, supported by Trade and Investment Queensland and the Australia India Business Council.
Following closely on the heels of the Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2023-27, which builds upon the opportunities arising from AIECTA, the roundtable was very timely and relevant.
Bernadette Ditchfield, Deputy Director General – Agriculture, Government of Queensland, highlighted several policy initiatives currently underway to support businesses, while also putting the spotlight on research by DAF scientists in collaboration with Indian research entities. Also represented was The University of Queensland (UQ)’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) which is engaged in collaborative research with India.
The roundtable included a talk by Abhinav Bhatia, Trade and Investment Queensland’s Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner for South Asia, where he highlighted the Indian customer’s appetite for high-quality, premium products and the country’s massive infrastructure outlays, which are set to improve supply chain and logistics.