World Food India 2017 thrilled the success with delegates from over 60 countries and Global CEOs congregating in New Delhi for the three day Conference cum exhibition.
The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind graced the event at its Valedictory session and congratulated the Union Minister of Food processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal, supported by MoS Sadhavi Niranjan Jyoti for putting together the mega event.
President Shri Kovind said, “World Food India 2017” is “the Kumbh Mela of Indian food” that has helped to showcase the vast and near limitless opportunities in the food industry and in food processing in India.
The President termed WFI A focused emphasis on modern food processing can change things giving food sector the potential to become the intersection flagship programmes – Make in India, Start-up India, Skill India, Digital India, and the resolve to double farm incomes.
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to providing world class transport and logistics infrastructure in the country within to support the growth of economic activity. He addressed the session on Opportunity in Infrastructure, Logistics Technology and Equipment in the World Food India 2017 conference.
Shri Gadkari informed that the rate of construction of National Highways has gathered considerable momentum. The country had just 96,000 km of NH three years back, but this has grown to nearly 1.7 lakh km, and will soon reach a length of 2 lakh km. This will provide more farmers in remote areas with access to markets for their produce.
The Sagarmala Programme of the Shipping Ministry will also be contributing to the growth of the country’s food economy in a big way. 14 Coastal Economic Zones have been planned under this programme. Two mega food processing parks are being planned at Kakinada and Satara and a cost of Rs 140 Crores. Support is being given to fishermen under the programme to develop their skills and raise their productivity.
Facility for processing, grading and packaging of fish will be developed at Paradeep Port. In addition to this, 111 waterways are being developed as National Waterways. River Ganga, Brahmaputra, Barak are already under development. The development of River Ganga and Brahmaputra for transport will also make it easier to move our produce to Bangladesh. The efficiency of the 12 major ports has been growing rapidly. Dry ports are being developed at Jalna, Vidarbha and Nasik to begin with.
In addition to developing the road and water transport infrastructure, Shri Gadkari informed that the government is also giving priority to developing micro or drip irrigation in the water deficient regions of the country. 13 river linking projects are also on the anvil of which three will be done within three months. All these projects will improve the availability and utilization of water and raise agricultural productivity.
Inspired by the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Ministry sees World Food India 2017 as a beginning and not end of an event. MoFPI’s resolve is only strengthened to help India be established as the World Food Factory. The Minister of Food Processing informed that while States of Maharashtra and Telangana have announced their Food Processing Policy, the MoFPI would soon finalize the National Food Processing Policy.