'Food processing to be major growth area'

'Food processing to be major growth area'

The Prime Minister said food processing is a way of life in India and it has been practiced for ages. He said, "Our farmers, whom we respectfully call as "annadatas" are central to our efforts in food processing".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) with the Prime Minister of Latvia Maris Kucinskis (left) and the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan at World Food India 2017 in New Delhi on Friday. 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. Similarly, PepsiCO said it along with its partners will be investing $2 billion in India in the next five years, which is part of its previously announced investment plans. "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", he said. "India has jumped 30 ranks this year in the World Bank Doing Business rankings".

"Over a million passengers consume food on trains in India in a single day, they are potential customers for food processing industry", PM Modi said.

"Today is a historic day".

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.

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Ramdev said khichdi was a nutritious food and it had all necessary vitamins, while Badal said khichdi was a special food item since everyone in India would eat it.

The inaugural day of World Food India 2017 saw signing of 13 MoUs worth Rs 68,000 crore. She said she is looking forward to collaborating with global companies in the sector.

T Krishnakumar, the Chairman of Coca Cola India was optimistic about India becoming Coca-Cola's 5th largest market in terms of volume over the next two to three years. "This is a clear opportunity for global supermarket chains considering India as a major outsourcing hub", he said. This is the first time that India is hosting such an event for the food processing sector , As Reported By TOI.

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.

Here's how the team World Food India 2017 is preparing to make 800 kilograms of Khichdi in 1000 litre kadhai.

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