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Abu Dhabi's LuLu confirms food processing investment in Jammu & Kashmir
Hypermarket operator has been scaling up fruit and spice imports from Indian state

Published: December 11, 2020 10:35John Benny, Staff Reporter
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LuLu has been sourcing a range of food related commodities from Jammu & Kashmir.
Setting up a processing unit in the state represents a natural progression.
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Dubai: The LuLu Group is setting up food processing and logistics centre in Jammu and Kashmir, as part of a wider strategy to build a pan-India presence.

“The state has got immense potential and we are one of the leading importers of food and non-food products from India,” said Yussuf Ali M.A., Chairman. “Setting up of a new food processing and logistics center will further boost export of Kashmiri products.”

Incidentally, Lulu was the first retailer to import the fabled Kashmiri apples across its 190 plus hypermarkets in the GCC and Far East countries last year.

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Talks are underway to make more fruits and spices from Kashmir available in UAE’s supermarkets, a senior government official told Gulf News. “We had meetings with Dubai Chamber, LuLu, DMCC, and Choithrams and the response has been terrific,” said Navin Choudhary, Principal Secretary (Agriculture), Government of Jammu & Kashmir.
“It will take time growing our visibility in the market, but I'm 100 per cent sure that this effort of the government will bring definite results.” The official was in Dubai as part of the UAE-India Food Security Summit organized by the Indian Consulate in Dubai in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Invest India.

Resilient
Even though COVID-19 brought India’s economy to a complete halt, the agricultural sector – the country’s biggest source of employment – was surprisingly resistant.
“Agriculture and horticulture were completely unaffected - rather we had a season of bumper crops across the field,” said Choudhary. However, “flower growers suffered because purchase of flowers across the market stopped.”

Leverage advantages
To participants in India’s massive agricultural sector, a large South Asian expat population and a stable economy make UAE an attractive market. The UAE has “very sound” logistics, said Choudhary. “Your turnover time is less - if your product has landed at the port, within hours it will land in the stores.
“We have a lot of positives - compared to many other countries - from coming to UAE markets.”

Scale up
During the food security summit, the Sharaf Group said it would raise its investment profile in India in the range of $250 million to $1 billion. The group has already ploughed in excess of $300 million in the country to build logistics infrastructure services.
With India and UAE growing their “political and strategic” relationship, it is only natural that both countries also have better economic leadership with food supply chain becoming a “cornerstone” of that, said Choudhary.



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Abu Dhabi's LuLu confirms food processing investment in Jammu & Kashmir
Hypermarket operator has been scaling up fruit and spice imports from Indian state

Published: December 11, 2020 10:35John Benny, Staff Reporter
Lulu

LuLu has been sourcing a range of food related commodities from Jammu & Kashmir.
Setting up a processing unit in the state represents a natural progression.
Image Credit: LuLu

Dubai: The LuLu Group is setting up food processing and logistics centre in Jammu and Kashmir, as part of a wider strategy to build a pan-India presence.

“The state has got immense potential and we are one of the leading importers of food and non-food products from India,” said Yussuf Ali M.A., Chairman. “Setting up of a new food processing and logistics center will further boost export of Kashmiri products.”

Incidentally, Lulu was the first retailer to import the fabled Kashmiri apples across its 190 plus hypermarkets in the GCC and Far East countries last year.

Get more in
Talks are underway to make more fruits and spices from Kashmir available in UAE’s supermarkets, a senior government official told Gulf News. “We had meetings with Dubai Chamber, LuLu, DMCC, and Choithrams and the response has been terrific,” said Navin Choudhary, Principal Secretary (Agriculture), Government of Jammu & Kashmir.
“It will take time growing our visibility in the market, but I'm 100 per cent sure that this effort of the government will bring definite results.” The official was in Dubai as part of the UAE-India Food Security Summit organized by the Indian Consulate in Dubai in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Invest India.

Resilient
Even though COVID-19 brought India’s economy to a complete halt, the agricultural sector – the country’s biggest source of employment – was surprisingly resistant.
“Agriculture and horticulture were completely unaffected - rather we had a season of bumper crops across the field,” said Choudhary. However, “flower growers suffered because purchase of flowers across the market stopped.”

Leverage advantages
To participants in India’s massive agricultural sector, a large South Asian expat population and a stable economy make UAE an attractive market. The UAE has “very sound” logistics, said Choudhary. “Your turnover time is less - if your product has landed at the port, within hours it will land in the stores.
“We have a lot of positives - compared to many other countries - from coming to UAE markets.”

Scale up
During the food security summit, the Sharaf Group said it would raise its investment profile in India in the range of $250 million to $1 billion. The group has already ploughed in excess of $300 million in the country to build logistics infrastructure services.
With India and UAE growing their “political and strategic” relationship, it is only natural that both countries also have better economic leadership with food supply chain becoming a “cornerstone” of that, said Choudhary.



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Very good news. It is always good to see wealthy Muslims investing in poorer Muslim communities.
 

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Good, when kashmiri youth will have quality jobs and means of employment militancy will end there. Govt should take measures to set up non polluting industries like IT in J&K.
 

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Good, when kashmiri youth will have quality jobs and means of employment militancy will end there. Govt should take measures to set up non polluting industries like IT in J&K.
Great news. Local kashmiri youth must be educated and well off. Quality education would enable them to better raise their voices on international forums and more jobs and means of employment would enable them to be in a better position to sustain their struggle.
 
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Great news. Local kashmiri youth must be educated and well off. Quality education would enable them to better raise their voices on international forums and more jobs and means of employment would enable them to be in a better position to sustain their struggle.
It shows that now UAE openly sees J&K as an integral part of India. And it will contribute a lot in our Indian economy plus the local economy.
 

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Again Kashmiris have no say in there own country .

workers to be shipped in from abroad to work in this plant with heavily guarded security fruit nuts etc stolen from natives .

colonialism 2020 .
 

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Kuchh bhi? The workers will be local not imported dudes. Stolen lol 😂. Typical fake news rhetoric of paxtan.

According to reports, the initial MoU would be worth $8m and create 300 jobs. It has also been reported that Lulu would be looking for land for its processing plant in February 2021.

The announcement was met with fierce criticism from Kashmiri activists and scholars who say the Lulu Group involvement in Kashmir would render them complicit in India's settler-colonial project in the region, which has accelerated since August 2019, when the Indian government abrogated Kashmir's semi-autonomous status.

 

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Very good news. It is always good to see wealthy Muslims investing in poorer Muslim communities.
You realize that this helps India's occupation and claim over IOJK, right? On top of this, the taxes are going into Indian coffers, not the Kashmiri people.

This amounts to the Emiratis recognizing JK as being a part of India, and supporting India's views.

Once again, the Emiratis are showing Pakistanis their true colors.

And once again, Pakistanis will make excuses for these Gulf arabs, who think of Pakistanis as their slaves.
 
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According to reports, the initial MoU would be worth $8m and create 300 jobs. It has also been reported that Lulu would be looking for land for its processing plant in February 2021.

The announcement was met with fierce criticism from Kashmiri activists and scholars who say the Lulu Group involvement in Kashmir would render them complicit in India's settler-colonial project in the region, which has accelerated since August 2019, when the Indian government abrogated Kashmir's semi-autonomous status.

Yes such counter articles are common against arch rival companies. Stop this BS it is just a food processing plant.
 
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The conclusion you made, seems like you are high on Gomutra.

Last time I read Lulu group is a Gangu owned company based in the UAE. So by your definition, since Chinese companies Xiaomi and Vivo have invested in your ganguland, so china automatically considers Arunachal Pradesh as a gangu territory. By the way, gomutra could also treat covid patients.
First unlike this case chinese companies don't have factories situatated in runachal Pradesh, second even if it's owned by Indian it is still a UAE based firm and they wouldn't have been able to open business in an area which would be considered disputed by their Govt.
 

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