Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates World Food India 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates World Food India 2017

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.

It inked an MoU with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries in this regard. It is rapidly progressing in the "Global Innovation Index", "Global Logistics Index" and "Global Competitiveness Index". They can withstand adverse agro-climatic conditions.

Keen on making giant strides in the food processing sector, India has simplified the regulatory mechanism for food products, globally benchmarked standards and speedier clearances for projects. The Guinness world record has been set during the ongoing World India Food event, which has been organized by the government of India in the national capital. "Simple, home-based techniques, such as fermentation, have resulted in the creation of our famous pickles, papads, chutneys and murabbas that excite both the elite and the masses across the world", Modi said.

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.

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The PM also launched a portal - Nivesh Bandhu - or "investor's friend" which he said would bring together information on central and state government policies, and incentives provided for the food-processing sector. "The flawless blend of hygienic, nutritious and tasty processed food, with the added benefits of preventive healthcare, can be produced economically in India". Earlier in the week there was a lot of buzz around Khichdi being announced as the National Dish, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal later clarified that with this tweet. The event will witness specially-curated experiential platform by chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who will showcase Indian and foreign cuisines using Indian ingredients, flavours and fragrances.

Food Processing Minister Harsimarat Kaur Badal said the government has earmarked Rs 6,000 crore over the next three years to create infrastructure in the sector that will attract investments. Khichdi is now being promoted as "Brand India' food and the aim is to position it as a highly nutritive and healthy food that can be prepared quite easily". Commenting on the MoUs, the Union Minister for Food Processing Smt.

"I am happy to say we are going to invest over Rs 10,000 crore in setting up food processing facilities on a pan-India basis", he said.

PM Modi said passengers who consumed food on trains were potential customers for the food processing industry.

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