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Badal leads delegation at Chandigarh roadshow for World Food India ’17
Tuesday, 11 July, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, minister of food processing industries, and senior government officials led the delegation at the Chandigarh roadshow for World Food India 2017, slated to take place in New Delhi between November 3 and 5.

Organised by the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), the roadshow, attended by over 200 delegates, received a tremendous response and generated huge interest among those in the food processing industries of Punjab and Haryana.

World Food India 2017 is the platform to showcase the food processing strength of India and opportunities to connect with key Indian and international players in the food processing and allied sectors. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is the national event partner.

Badal, Haryana’s agriculture minister Om Prakash Dhankar and senior government officers addressed the business community of the two northern states. The objectives of the roadshow were to seek their active participation at World Food India 2017 and share the details of the Kisan SAMPADA Scheme.

Addressing the industry leaders at the roadshow, Badal said, “India has a vast scope in the food processing sector and offers tremendous investment and employment opportunities. The establishment of 42 mega food parks will lead to the direct employment of five lakh farmers and benefit 25 lakh farmers.”

“My dream is to see every farmer get together to form self-help groups to progress. The aim of the mega food parks and the Kisan SAMPADA scheme is to double the farmers’ incomes. The Kisan SAMPADA scheme, being implemented now, promises to benefit every farmer, from a small farmer to an affluent one,” she added.

“The food processing sector will expand threefold by 2020. The world is looking towards India through a platform like World Food India 2017, and all international markets are looking at India to source. We aim to provide a platform to all farmers at World Food India 2017,” Badal stated.

“Haryana has confirmed to be the partner state for World Food India 2017, and I welcome the state,” she added.

Speaking at the event, Dhankar said, “We are taking concrete steps to increase the incomes of farmers and give shape to peri-urban agriculture in Haryana.” He added that the Chandigarh-Delhi Highway, with heavy traffic, provided a good opportunity to market processed foods and develop clusters for foods like mushrooms in Haryana.

He added that farmers would have to make farming demand-based and carry out farming by understanding the needs of the big cities. He also called for the ministry’s support to impart training to farmers in marketing skills to ensure that their produce reaches the high tables.

Besides Badal and Dhankar, Anuradha Prasad, joint secretary, MoFPI, addressed the business leaders at the event and highlighted the benefits of the Kisan SAMPADA scheme of the Central government to the farmers, farmer-producer organisations (FPOs), corporates, etc. The Kisan SAMPADA scheme is expected to benefit 20 lakh farmers and generate direct/indirect employment of about 5,30,500 people in the country by 2019-20.

Suresh Narayanan, chairman, CII National Food Processing Committee, and chairman and managing director, Nestle India Ltd, invited people to World Food India 2017, and talked about Nestle’s experience of working with more than one lakh farmers in Haryana and Punjab.

Italy has confirmed to be a focus country, and besides Haryana, Andhra Pradesh will be partner states of World Food India. The event has received tremendous response across the globe and will witness participation from over 20 countries.

Over ten states and all leading food processing, food technology, technology and equipment, cold chain and reefer vehicle, ingredient and food retail giants from India and overseas will be present at World Food India.

The food processing industry representatives present at the roadshow included industry from all segments, including food processing, cold chain, agro products, beverages, fisheries, dairy, organic and health food, FPOs, progressive farmers and food and industry associations.
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