Farmers central to efforts in food processing

After the inauguration from Vigyan Bhavan, the Prime Minister will visit the Food Street, the massive exhibition spread over 40,000 sqmt at the India Gate lawns.

The food event will host over 2,000 participants and 200 companies from around 30 countries.

The prime minister invited global companies to come and invest in the food processing industry in India, saying it offers huge opportunity.

Representatives from 28 states, 18 ministerial and business delegations, almost 50 global CEOs along with CEOs of all leading domestic food processing companies will also participate at the event.

"Food processing is a way of life in India".

In a section titled "Projects Ready for Procurement in FY 2016-17" in its "Make in India Investment Book", which had been circulated in Indian Missions overseas, the Centre had mentioned that work on the project started in 2015 with the anticipated project completion time line of 2018-19.

When asked why was Khichdi chosen as symbol of Brand India, Harsimrat said, "We need to introduce to the world a food item that is so typically Indian that everyone of us can relate to".

"There are opportunities in post-harvest management, like primary processing and storage, preservation infra, cold chain and refrigerated transportation".

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Encompassing the entire food spectrum from production to consumption, WFI is looking at creating a better sourcing environment, thereby enabling higher returns for farmers, creating employment, and fostering entrepreneurship.

"Over a million passengers consume food on trains in India in a single day, they are potential customers for food processing industry", PM Modi said.

Organised by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, the event will be the largest gathering of investors, manufacturers, producers, food processors, policy makers, and organisations from the global food ecosystem.

Harsimrat Badal also highlighted that India was one of the fastest growing economies in the world and that its demand for food would double over the next five years.

Notably, Chhattisgarh Government had earlier received an invitation from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on behalf of Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries, officials informed.

Badal has said that Khichdi is queen of all foods. The food processing unit will have designated units for maize, sugarcane and other crops.

Over 800 kgs of khichdi will be prepared live on 4 November at the festival in a bid to create a world record and popularise the dish globally.