Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal chaired the Curtain Raiser Press Conference held in New Delhi on Monday for the World Food India 2017 Expo, a vibrant 3-day business platform scheduled from 3rd-5th November, 2017 in New Delhi. As India gets ready to host its biggest ever food event aiming to transform the food economy and double farmers’ income, Badal gave a glimpse of the grandeur and the immensity of the event to industry leaders, heads of foreign missions and media in an interactive session.
Outlining her vision for World Food India 2017, Badal said, “India is the second largest producer of food, leader in milk, fruits & vegetables, cereals and marine. It has a huge potential with 127 agro climatic zones and proximity to food importing nations. With a 1.3 billion population, and a retail sector that is set to treble by 2020, it offers a large demand driven market.” She affirmed that the Government of India is creating the right infrastructure – with schemes like Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana, an enabling environment and an innovation culture to foster strategic partnerships in the food processing industry to create an advantage to all the stakeholders. World Food India 2017 provides that platform for global partnerships to achieve the said goal.
The Minister further said the government is making all efforts to ensure food safety and security across the country. The Minister added that the event which will showcase the best infrastructure and technology from various countries will also help find effective solution to the challenges facing the food industry in India, ranging from food wastage to wastage of crops due to extreme climatic conditions. This, the Minister added will help in minimising the challenges faced by the farmers due to the environment factors and lack of direct contact with the market.
She also said that the potential of India in the food processing industry will be realised during this event. With World Food India 2017, the Minister said, India is poised to attract an investment target of roughly US$ 10 billion in food processing sector, which will generate 1 million jobs in the next 3 years. She added that the World Food India platform will reinvigorate India’s position as a ‘Global Food Factory’ and a ‘Global Sourcing Hub’.
Elaborating on the efforts taken to organise this grand event, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti expressed confidence in India’s food sector and the opportunity that it presents to the world. She added that this event would give recognition to India in the food processing sector globally and would reduce food wastage, increase food security and aid in generating employment as it would attract youth towards the sector.
JP Meena Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries said this event will be one of the 1st International Mega Events to attract investment and trading in the food processing sector in India. The event will showcase an exhibition and include special sessions, conferences and networking opportunities for the participants. More than 800 global and domestic exhibitors will be a part of the exhibition that will have a separate organic pavilion apart from special sections on cold chain among other sectors. Another highlight is the section for women entrepreneurs in the food processing industry.
In a nutshell, the World Food India 2017 gears up to host over 2,000 participants, over 200 companies from 30 countries, 18 ministerial and business delegations, nearly 50 global CEOs along with CEOs of all leading domestic food processing companies, and representatives of 28 states in India, Meena added.