PM Inaugurates World Food India 2023

  • Second edition of the Mega food event.
  • At Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Modi mentioned the creation of Agri-Export Policy and the creation of more than 100 district-level hubs connecting to the global markets.
  • India’s food processing capacity increased from 12 lakh metric tonnes to more than 200 lakh metric tonnes, a 15 time increase in the last 9 years.
  • PM gave examples of agricultural produce that are exported from India for the first time: black garlic from Himachal Pradesh, dragon fruit from Jammu & Kashmir, soya milk powder from Madhya Pradesh, Karkitchoo apples from Ladakh, Cavendish banana from Punjab, Gucchi Mushrooms from Jammu, and Raw honey from Karnataka.
  • PM drew attention to the increasing demand for packaged food creating unexplored opportunities for farmers, start-ups and small entrepreneurs.
  • Underlined three main pillars of India’s growth story in the food processing sector – small farmers, small industries, and women.
  • Effective usage of Farmer Produce Organizations or FPOS to increase the participation and profits of small farmers.
  • “Schemes like ‘One District One Product’- are giving a new identity to small farmers and small industries”.
  • Women-led development in India, more than 9 crore women in India are associated with self-help groups today.
  • Urged to increase the processing of perishable products to reduce wastage, benefiting farmers and preventing price fluctuations.

 

Background

  • To showcase India as ‘food basket of the world’ and celebrate 2023 as the International Year of Millets.
  • Will provide a networking and business platform for government bodies, industry professionals, farmers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders.
  • To engage in discussions, establish partnerships, and explore investment opportunities in the Agri-food sector.
  • Will host 48 sessions focusing on various aspects of the food processing industry.
  • Poised to host participants from over 80 countries.
  • It will feature a Reverse Buyer Seller Meet, with over 1200 overseas buyers from over 80 countries.
  • The Netherlands will serve as the partner country, while Japan will be the event’s focus country.
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