German delegates hail Odisha as a major leaf plates, plant container exporter

Bhubaneswar: In a positive development at the ongoing Odisha
MSME International Trade Fair 2014, a delegation of traders from European
countries expressed keen interest in sourcing leaf plates and plant containers
from Odisha. Hana Meiners, a German National, a representative of Leaf Republic
Ltd. (a plant container manufacturer company) from Germany held discussions
with Odisha MSME Secretary Panchanan Dash on Saturday evening to take this
forward. Quite impressed with the potential in Odisha for export of leaf plates
and plant containers, Meiners exuded confidence that Odisha can become a major
exporter of thee items to European as well as other countries overseas.

The demands of Eco-friendly and healthy plastic products are
high in European countries and the need of these hygiene products have been
growing day by day in western as well as other countries, she added. However,
she asserted that the entrepreneurs here should maintain international standard
and quality while manufacturing these products. Odisha is blessed with ample
natural resources and raw materials to set up these types of industries and we
are hopeful to make export activities with the local plant container
manufacturers and rural people and knot the trade relationship with Odisha if
the quality of these products matches to international standards, said Hana.
She expressed pleasure by visiting one of its kind mega MSME
trade fair and the wide array of exhibits as well as the varieties of
The MSME Secretary expressed happiness over the keen interest
of overseas buyers for Odisha SME products at the workshop organized on export
opportunities for MSMEs and B2B & B2C as part of Odisha MSME International
Trade Fair 2014, jointly organized by MSME Department, Govt. of Odisha and
National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC). The state Government will extend
all support and cooperation in facilitating export of SME products from Odisha
to interested buyers overseas, he added.
While welcoming the interest expressed by the European
traders for sourcing products from Odisha, Director, Export Promotion and
Marketing BK Das said efforts are being made to make Odisha and export hub in
SME business by creating opportunities to export MSME products. Efforts will
also be made to aware the MSME entrepreneurs in Odisha on how to maintain
international standard and quality in manufacturing so as to fulfill the demand
for exports. 

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