Indian Minister: Denmark Masters Important Technologies

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By State of Green, September 01, 2017

The Indian Minister for Food Processing visited Denmark at the end of August to discuss with Danish companies how they can help India solve its food wastage challenges

As part of her visit, the Indian Minister of Food Processing participated in a round table meeting with various Danish companies at the Confederation of Danish Industry’s headquarters in Copenhagen to discuss, among other things, how Denmark can deliver solutions to help India reduce its food waste.

-Denmark masters technologies that can reduce the large food waste we have in India. Even though Denmark is a small nation, the country is leading when it comes to agriculture and transport technology. That is why we would like to work together, says Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Indian Minister of Food Processing.

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Currently, 35-40 per cent of Indian food production goes to waste. It is a clear aim for the Indian government to reduce that figure. Danish companies that can provide the technological solutions that India requires.

-We can offer the companies a large market with a high growth rate. And I hope we can learn from Danish companies, so we are able to improve our food production, continues the Minister.

Danfoss cools food down
A lack of cooling facilities is one of the reasons that a large proportion of India’s food production goes to waste. Danfoss is a Danish company that already has operations in the country, where they supply solutions for the cold chain, which ensures that foods are cooled on the journey from farm to table. The company also participated at the meeting at Industriens Hus.

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-Development is happening rapidly in India, and they need a well-functioning and more extensive cold chain. There are plenty of opportunities for Danfoss, and we are already involved in many activities in country’s cold chain. It is therefore of great interest to participate in the meeting with the minister, says Henrik Schurmann, Director of the Indian-Danish Chamber of Commerce and Vice President, Danfoss A/S.

Right now, India’s cold chain only has the capacity to store 11 per cent of its food production. The Indian Ministry of Food Processing will therefore invite companies that can help solve the country’s food waste problem to an international trade show in November in the country.

Danfoss has been present in India since 1964. Today, the company has approximately 900 employees in the country.

Source: The Confederation of Danish Industry

Photo: Hans Søndergård

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