In order to promote women entrepreneurs and farmers, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) and Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in New Delhi today to organise “National Organic Festival of Women Entrepreneurs”. The event will be planned and organised through National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), Kundli, Haryana which is an academic institution under the administrative control of MoFPI.
The festival aims to encourage women entrepreneurs and farmers to connect with buyers and thus, empower them through financial inclusion, while also promoting organic food produce in India.
During the signing the MoU, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing said, the Mela will promote both organic produce and women entrepreneurs. She said that this was a classic case of two women ministers coming together to uplift other women, women who have traditionally been practicing food processing at household levels.
Speaking about the Mela, she mentioned that it would feature organic produce, processed food, fabric, cosmetics, pesticides and fungicides among many products. She added that the festival would strive to provide linkages to women producers to market and supply chain, thereby facilitating their financial inclusion. The minister expressed hope that this MoU would start a new kind of agenda in India which is to promote healthy eating and organic eating.
The agreement was signed by Pushpa Subramanyam, Secretary, on behalf of Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Rabindra Panwar, Secretary, on behalf of Ministry of Women and Child Development