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FOOD PROCESSING

Request for food parks in Assam at World Food India’s Guwahati roadshow
Saturday, 19 August, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
At the World Food India 2017 roadshow, which took place in Guwahati recently, Ravi Capoor, additional chief secretary, department of industries and commerce, government of Assam, requested Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, minister of state for food processing industries, to develop four more food parks in the north-eastern state.

He said that the establishment of these facilities will eventually help to identify Assam as a food processing state, and announced that there will be a pavilion dedicated to the state at the event, which is slated to take place in New Delhi between November 3 and 5.

The roadshow was attended by over 200 Assam-based businesspersons and industrialists, representing firms engaged in various segments of the food processing industry, including agro products, beverages, fisheries, dairy and organic and health food.

The dignitaries present at the event were Chandra Mohan Patowary, ministry of industries and commerce, government of Assam, and representatives of the governments of India and Assam. In her address, Jyoti said that the government of India planned to start 42 new food parks, which are expected to be complete by 2019.

Highlighting the benefits of the Kisan SAMPADA Yojana of the Central government to farmers, farmer-producer organisations (FPOs), corporates, representatives of food sectors and industry associations, etc., she added that the scheme will benefit 20 lakh farmers and generate 5,30,500 direct/indirect employments across India by 2019-20.

Patowary cited the example of the region’s food processing potential and proposed that a mega show be held jointly with MoFPI on food processing in Assam in the near future. Since leading food processing firms from India and overseas are expected to participate in it, Jyoti gave her in-principle nod to the proposal.

World Food India 2017

World Food India 2017 will be organised by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The latter will the national event partner.

It will not only serve as a platform to showcase India’s prowess in food processing, but will also provide key players in the food processing and allied sectors, from India as well as overseas, an opportunity to connect.

The event, which has received an overwhelming response from across the globe, will witness the participation of companies from over 30 countries. Italy has confirmed to be a Focus Country.

The response from the Indian states has also been very encouraging. Over ten states will participate in World Food India 2017.

Of these, five will be the partner states of the event. These include Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

The remainder will be the Focus States of World Food India 2017. These are Karnataka, West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha and Himachal Pradesh.

The companies participating in World Food India 2017 will represent such sectors as food processing, food technology, technology and equipment, cold chains and reefer transport, ingredients and food retailers.

The event will provide them a platform to showcase their latest offerings and provide a host of services along the food value chain. These include production, processing, packaging, technology, equipment, storage, logistics and retail.

Eighty international food companies have confirmed their participation at World Food India 2017. Moreover, 30 chief executive officers of international food companies will attend the CEO Roundtable at World Food India 2017. 
 
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