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FOOD PROCESSING

Badal seeks Maharashtra industrialists’ participation in World Food India
Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
At the Mumbai roadshow organised ahead of World Food India 2017 (which is slated to take place at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi between November 3 and 5), Harsimrat Kaur Badal, minister for food processing industries, addressed industrialists and businesspersons from Maharashtra, seeking their participation in the event.

While the state was represented at the roadshow by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar, the Centre was represented by Jitendra Kumar, director, ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), the organiser of the event.

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

Badal said, “Our farmers are suffering from huge food wastages, leading to huge losses. MoFPI is working towards making a sustainable food processing sector focused on reducing this massive wastage of food and doubling the income of farmers.”

“Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and the ministry have taken many major steps to ensure that in future it can have a positive impact on the lives of farmers and provide safe hygienic food for all citizens of the country,” she added.

“MoFPI has worked very hard for the last three years to provide effective ground-level infrastructure to fill the major gaps between the operational linkages of farmers, retailers and processors,” the minister said.

“We want World Food India event to not only act as a global platform for foreign investors, but also act as a medium for our Indian investors and small-scale business to reach global markets and receive all the benefits,” she added.

“There are many foreign companies wanting to invest in the food processing sector in India and looking forward for the joint ventures with Indian companies, and we invite all of you to take the benefit of this opportunity,” Badal said.

“Maharashtra has been a bulk receiver of benefits of MoFPI schemes and has been a key contributor to the food processing sector. We look forward to work with the government of Maharashtra to make World Food India a great success,” she added.

Highlighting the growth prospects in Maharashtra at the roadshow, Fadnavis said that he was really happy that MoFPI organised a roadshow for the food processing sector in Maharashtra.

He added, “The government of Maharashtra is looking forward to work with MoFPI to participate in World Food India in a major way.”

Fadnavis stated that the state government will work with the ministry towards enhancing sustainability in agriculture and food processing, will create a value chain for farmers and will provide backward and forward linkages among all stakeholders, which will help reduce wastages and farmers will receive the real benefit of their farm produce.

He added that the state government is working very proactively with MoFPI. “It will continue to do so to make the food processing sector a robust industry, and will provide its utmost support to make World Food India a great success,” the chief minister said.

Badal also briefed the audience about the government schemes related to the food processing industry, and highlighted the benefits of the Kisan Sampada Scheme of the Central government for farmers, farmer producer organisations (FPOs), corporates, etc. The scheme is expected to benefit 20 lakh farmers and generate either direct or indirect employment for about 5,30,500 people in the country by the year 2019-20.

Shobana Kamineni, president, CII, said, “CII has been working very closely with MoFPI and also with the Maharashtra state government. We are privileged to partner with MoFPI as the national event partner for World Food India 2017, an event that promises to transform the food economy of the country.”

During his presentation on the Kisan Sampada Scheme, Kumar spoke of its benefits and the positive impact on the food processing sector value chain.

World Food India has received tremendous response across the globe and will see participation from over 20 countries.

All leading players from India and overseas in food processing, food technology, technology and equipment players, cold chains, ingredients, food retailers will be present at the event.

World Food India will provide a platform to showcase offerings and services along the food value chain, which includes production, processing, packaging, technology, equipment, storage, logistics or retail.

The food processing industry representatives present at the roadshow included representatives 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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