Hind Group to boost exports to Saudi Arabia

Hind Group to boost exports to Saudi Arabia
Updated 26 January 2014

Hind Group to boost exports to Saudi Arabia

Hind Group to boost exports to Saudi Arabia

From a street vendor kid to sharing the high table at a high-profile presidential summit on entrepreneurship hosted by President Barack Obama of the United States to deepen America’s ties with Muslim communities, Sirajuddin Qureshi has come a long way. This is indeed the rags-to-riches success story of Qureshi, who made it big in life despite all handicaps and hardships he faced. Today, Qureshi controls a multi-million dollar business empire in India, which has its presence in over 50 countries across the globe.
“It’s all hard work, dedication and untiring efforts that take you to the sky,” said Qureshi, while speaking from New Delhi yesterday in an interview with Arab News. Qureshi, in fact, started selling odd goods from a roadside stall during his childhood. He went to school and college despite the modest income of his family. He did face all kinds of obstacles. But Qureshi wasn’t one of those who was to give up and accept misery as his destiny.
Qureshi was to write his own fate; so he has, that too in golden letters. He is today a leading Indian business tycoon, heading a major giant called Hind Group. Narrating his own success story, he said that he got first order worth SR1,000 for meat export to Dubai, and there has been no looking back since then. He went ahead with scripting a brilliant success story and established his own business, which new entrepreneurs try to emulate.
What followed is history. In 1988, Qureshi became the chairman-cum-managing director of the Hind group of industries and established the first meat processing plant near Delhi in 1989. Hind group of industries has interests ranging from meat processing to fast food to aviation. Qureshi says: “Ours is a name trusted in 50 countries, with interests in agro-processing, abattoirs, livestock development, engineering, education, hospitality and power.” His early street retail business has stood him in good stead.
Qureshi, a doyen of Indian meat industry under whose stewardship Hind Agro Industries Ltd., has steered his company to such a level that the Hind Group won APEDA Sliver Trophy for excellent performance 18 times in a row, with enviable 10.01 percent growth rate. APEDA trophy is a prestigious award given by Indian government in food industry. It is important to note here that Hind Agro Industries Ltd. is the only company in the country to have the unique facilities of slaughtering the animals which have been bred and reared on strict guidelines set by the O.I.E. Paris.
The company is HACCP and ISO: 9001: 2008 and ISO 22000:2005 certified processing and exporting fresh and frozen hygienic buffalo, sheep and goat meat and meat products to more than 50 destinations around the globe, with Saudi Arabia as one of the most valuable customers.
“The company is committed to the ‘From farm to fork’ concept with SIBACO, EATCCO, AL NAJAH and Al-Hind as household brand names,” said Qureshi, while referring to his expansion plans.
Asked about the invitation of President Obama, he said he was one of the few businessmen from places like Africa, West Asia, Southeast Asia and the United States to attend a high-profile business meeting in 2010. “The summit fell in line with Obama’s policy on strengthening ties with business leaders from Muslim communities across the world and the United States,” he explained. Describing it as just another altitude attained in his career, but not the pinnacle, Qureshi says, “There’s a long way to go.”
According to Qureshi, Obama was very appreciative of India, the country’s varied culture and economic talent, and has expressed his desire to strengthen the relationship with India, considering it an emerging world power and one of the special countries for the United States.
On the progressively growing relations between Saudi Arabia and India on the one hand and between India and the Arab world on the other, Qureshi said that Riyadh and New Delhi have been natural partners in the fields of trade and commerce, inheriting common culture, since times immemorial.
Al-Baruni and Ibn-Batuta, the Arab travelers and many other celebrities from Arab world came to India and left their indelible influence on the Indian culture by adopting India as their home, added Qureshi, who was also recently elected as president of the New Delhi-based India Islamic Culture Centre (IICC).
“Moreover, every Muslim longs to go to Saudi Arabia once in a lifetime to perform Umrah or Haj,” said the Hind Group chief, adding that the Kingdom offers huge opportunities for Indian businessmen.