Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union MoS Food Processing Industries Niranjan Jyoti and Yoga guru Baba Ramdev during the preparation of over 800kg of khichdi - a traditional rice-dal dish at World Food India fair at India Gate on Nov 4, 2017.
The Prime Minister therefore, asked states to put in place programmes to promote the food-processing sector and appealed to every state to identify one food product in which to specialise.
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Citing an example, he said over a million passengers have a meal on a train in India, every single day. They can withstand adverse agro-climatic conditions.
CNBC-TV18 caught up exclusively with some of the big names from the food processing sector. Mr Modi, in his speech at the World Food India 2017, said that food processing is a way of life. "This is a clear opportunity for global chains", he said. ITC, which inked an MoU with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, said the planned 20 new integrated facilities will produce branded food products, including Aashirvaad atta, Sunfeast biscuits, YiPPee! noodles, Bingo! snacks, B Natural juices, and processed fruits and vegetables. "The ideal blend of hygienic, nutritious and tasty processed food, with the added benefits of preventive healthcare, can be produced economically in India".
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During the event, India is hosting over 2,000 participants and 200 companies from around 30 countries.
During the event, a specially-curated experiential platform by renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor will showcase Indian and foreign cuisines using Indian ingredients, flavours and fragrances. She elaborated that the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana, has been recently launched to create world-class food processing infrastructure to leverage investment of five billion United States dollars, to benefit two million farmers and generate more than half a million jobs over the next three years. 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". Exclusive separate CEOs roundtables were also held during the day with Prime Minister and Finance Minister. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing industries, Government of India. The portal would be a platform for business networking, for farmers, processors, traders, and logistics operators. He said, "Our farmers, whom we respectfully call as "annadatas" are central to our efforts in food processing".
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Badal said she had already received commitments of investments to the tune of 10 billion dollars â from both domestic and foreign investors â in the food processing sector that could lead to the creation of 10 lakh jobs.
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