The buzz around India as the premier alternative hub for agrichemicals has only grown stronger in the past 18 months, writes Jackie Pucci at AgriBusiness Global. But does the country’s industry have what it takes to compete with China on a grand scale, not only in the near term but in the days and months and years after China’s environmental clean-up is complete?
Or maybe the question is not about how — or if — it can make the quantum leap to competing head to head with China, plant inspections and closures or not. Maybe it’s about learning from the turmoil of the last 18 months and evolving as an industry into one that can truly work together.
Maybe the goal should be, if it isn’t already, for the entire industry to strengthen itself by building trust, communicating better from top to bottom, and becoming more collaborative and less transactional oriented. Protecting the world’s food supply is not an unimportant task, as Stephen Pearce, Director of AWP Associates and Bancella Ltd., put it in his characteristic understated style, speaking to a standing room-only audience at the AgriBusiness GlobalSM Trade Summit in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 31.