PM Narendra Modi inaugurates World Food India 2017

World Food India 2017: PM Modi inaugurates India's first world food fair in New Delhi

The food processing industry in India is going to undergo a "sea change" over the next few years, due to increased agricultural production, better storage facilities, and changing consumer food preferences, according to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the mega food event, World Food India 2017 from Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said food processing was a top priority in government's Make In India initiative and doing business in India is easier now.

The event is organised by the Food Processing Industries Ministry in Delhi. He pointed out that India was ranked number one in the world in 2016 in Greenfield investment.

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A team of 30 people led by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor cooked 918kg khichdi, and thereby entered the Guinness World Records for the largest serving of a beans and rice dish in the world. "Simple, home-based techniques, such as fermentation, have resulted in the creation of our famous pickles, papads, chutneys and murabbas that now excite both the elite and the masses, across the world".

"I'm satisfied with our efforts and this dish represents the entire country", Kapoor said, adding that it was made with a lot of love and was a gift of India to the world.

"Today is a historic day". He said it is a clear opportunity for global chains.

Domestic and global firms, including ITC, Pepsico and Hershey, on Saturday announced plans to invest billions of dollars in India's food and agri sector as they look to tap one of the world's fastest growing economies.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal expressed confidence that World Food India will help transform the Indian food economy. Harsimrat Kaur Badal stated, "The Govt has been successful in generating tremendous interest among global and Indian food companies in investing in this sector". It is rapidly progressing in the "Global Innovation Index", "Global Logistics Index" and "Global Competitiveness Index". Food Street is a lively vibrant zone to showcase Indian and foreign cuisines using Indian ingredients, flavours and fragrances. 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 , As Reported By TOI.

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