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Farmers central to plan for food processing, says PM Modi
04 November 2017, 12:30 | Simon Arnold
Food processing is top priority of Government: PM Modi
Mr Modi, in his speech at the World Food India 2017, said that food processing is a way of life. At the inaugural event, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti will also be joined by the Ministers of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Even foods not been processed in one of the issue.
Representatives from 28 states, 18 ministerial and business delegations, almost 50 global CEOs along with CEOs of all leading domestic food processing companies will also participate at the event.
The jump to 100th rank on this year's World Bank Ease of Doing Business index, from last year's 130, is the biggest by any country this year, he said while addressing the World Food India conference here.
After the inauguration from Vigyan Bhavan, the Prime Minister will visit the Food Street, the massive exhibition spread over 40,000 sqmt at the India Gate lawns.
Hindustan Unilever Ltd CEO and Managing Director Sanjiv Mehta said: "India is an attractive destination by any yardstik which you look at.We are talking about one of the most attractive markets and as the economy grows, there would be more people coming and moving up". 80 worldwide food companies have confirmed their participation at World Food India.
He said private sector participation had increased in many segments of the value chain but sought more investment in contract farming, raw material sourcing and creating agri linkages.
FMCG major ITC has signed a MoU with the ministry to invest about ₹10,000 crore in the food-processing sector in India.
Unilever Global President Amanda Sourry said, "The world is looking towards India". PM Modi further said, "Over a million passengers consume food on trains in India in a single day, they are potential customers for food processing industry". India is expected to attract an investment of $10 billion in food processing sector and generate one million jobs in the next three years.
Prime Minister was focussing upon the post-harvest management techniques, he had said that doubling farmers' income is an approach which requires post-harvest management as an important aspect and requires a serious attention to reduce wastage.
Meanwhile the government refuted reports of "khichdi" being declared as the national dish of India. "Food processing holds solutions to nutrition security. India is the third largest economy in terms of purchasing power and our demand for food is said to double over the next five years", Badal said. Following this, over 800 kg of khichdi will be prepared LIVE on November 4 at the event, which will be relished by both rich and poor.
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