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BCIC in its WhatsHapp 4th essay highlights sustainable food processing
Saturday, 12 January, 2019, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
In a major effort to support the food startups in the country, Bangalore Industry Chamber of Commerce (BCIC) highlighted the new and challenging industry environment in agriculture and related business through a daylong seminar that was held here on Friday.
 
The event WhatsHapp Foods in its fourth edition was evolved around the theme ‘Towards a greener and sustainable future.’
 
There is a new wave of budding entrepreneurs and emerging startups in the country that is leading the way to disrupt the Agro and Food Processing (AFP) sector in the country. In digital marketing, packing and sustainable agriculture sectors, neo technologies are being deployed to make the sector get attuned to the future.
 
BCIC also sees that it is important for startups to enter the agriculture sector now as there is tremendous potential for technology adoption, considering the sheer size of the population.

The key objective of the seminar was that it was intended to educate participants on how crucial the sector was evolving, according to Somnath Chatterjee, chairman, agro and food processing expert committee, BCIC, and head procurement and logistics, ITC foods division.
 
S Ganesh Kumar, COO, staples, snacks and meals, ITC, delivered the key note. Other speakers included Shuvadip Banerjee, vice-president, marketing services, ITC Limited; Amit Ray, executive director, Uflex; and Afsar Ahmed, head, Plastic Waste Management, ITC Limited.

Shauravi Mallik, founder, Slurrp Farms, spoke on promotion of millets; H S Subramanya, executive director, AgriInsights Consultancy Services, and M V S Nameet, co-founder and chief production head, First Agro; spoke on project approach and banking linkages for promoting food and agri business enterprises.
 
Delving on the transition towards sustainability in agriculture was Dr K B Suresha, dairy technologist and assistant professor and principal investigator, Centre for Excellence for Nutri-Cereals, University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore. Varun Gupta, chief executive officer, Pro Nature Organic Foods, gave a peek into the organic products industry and growth prospects.
 
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