PM Modi inaugurates India's first world food fair in New Delhi

PM Modi inaugurates World Food India; says farmers are central in food processing

A global event to facilitate partnerships between Indian and worldwide businesses and investors, World Food India (WFI) is a gateway to the Indian food economy and an opportunity to showcase, connect, and collaborate, officials informed.

Khichdi will be promoted as "Brand India food" at the event.

The prime minister invited global companies to come and invest in the food processing industry in India, saying it offers enormous opportunity. It welcomes to host a congregation of global investors and business leaders of major food companies from November 3 to 5 in New Delhi.

This is the first time that India is hosting such an event for the food processing sector.

India, Mr Modi said, topped the greenfield investment ranking in 2016. He said that India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world.

There were opportunities in post-harvest management such as primary processing and storage, preservation infrastructure, cold chain and refrigerated transportation, the Prime Minister asserted. "India is also rapidly progressing on the "Global Innovation Index", "Global Logistics Index" and "Global Competitiveness Index", he said.

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Minister of Food Processing Industries added that India was geared up for a revolution in the food processing sector and it was clear that the global companies were eagerly looking towards India for collaboration.

World Food India intends to establish global linkages and facilitate foreign investment in India's US$ 915 billion farm-to-fork ecosystem that services the needs and rising aspirations of the country's 1.3 billion consumers.

"Food Ministry plays a key role in helping realise PM's vision to double farmers' income by 2022". He also released a commemorative postage stamp on Indian food.

The MoU was signed by Managing Director of Patanjali, Acharya Balkrishna and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing in the Government of India. "Food processing holds solutions to nutrition security".

"Our farmers, whom we respectfully call as "annadatas" are central to our efforts in food processing", he said.

She said there was a need to wage war on food waste "to ensure adequate food for all" and to avoid a food crisis as the world's population was set to increase by 25 per cent and the demand for food by 50 per cent by 2050. According to unconfirmed reports, chef Sanjeev Kapoor will be attempting to create a record by cooking 800 kgs of khichdi on November 4 at the India Gate Lawns.

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