'No Waste on My Plate' pledges Badal

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New Delhi: Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, . Harsimrat Kaur Badal chaired the Curtain Raiser Press Conference on Monday for the World Food India 2017 expo, a vibrant three-day business platform scheduled from 3-5 November, 2017 in New Delhi. As India gets ready to host its biggest food event aiming to transform the food economy and double farmers income, Badal gave a glimpse of the grandeur and the immensity of the event to industry leaders and pledged for No Waste on my Plate’ in an attempt to promote no wastage of food in India. Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Niranjan Jyoti also graced the occasion with her presence.

Outlining her vision for World Food India 2017, Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, India is the second largest producer of food, leader in milk, fruits & vegetables, cereals and marine. It has a huge potential with 127 agro climatic zones and proximity to food importing nations. With a 1.3 billion population, and a retail sector that is set to treble by 2020, it offers a large demand driven market.” She affirmed that the Government of India is creating the right infrastructure - with schemes like Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana, an enabling environment and an innovation culture to foster strategic partnerships in the food processing industry to create an advantage to all the stakeholders. World Food India 2017 provides that platform for global partnerships to achieve the said goal.

Thanking Prime Minister of India,  Narendra Modi for his vision and leadership,  Badal said the government is making all efforts to ensure food safety and security across the country. The Minister added that the event which will showcase the best infrastructure and technology from various countries will also help find effective solution to the challenges facing the food industry in India, ranging from food wastage to wastage of crops due to extreme climatic conditions. This,  Badal added will help in minimizing the challenges faced by the farmers of the country due to the environment factors and lack of direct contact with the market.

. Badal also said that the potential of India in the food processing industry will be realized during this event. With World Food India 2017, the Minister said, India is poised to attract an investment target of roughly US$ 10 billion in food processing sector, which will generate 1 million jobs in the next 3 years. She added that the World Food India platform will reinvigorate Indias position as a Global Food Factory and a Global Sourcing Hub’.

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, elaborating on the efforts taken to organize this grand event, expressed confidence in Indias food sector and the opportunity that it presents to the world. She added that this event would give recognition to India in the Food Processing sector globally and would reduce food wastage, increase food security and aid in generating employment as it would attract youth towards the sector.

 In a nutshell, the World Food India 2017 gears up to host over 2,000 participants, over 200 companies from 30 countries, 18 ministerial and business delegations, nearly 50 global CEOs along with CEOs of all leading domestic food processing companies, and representatives of 28 States in India,  Meena added.

Germany, Japan and Denmark are Partner Countries to World Food India whereas Italy & Netherlands are Focus Countries. They were represented by H.E Mr Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India; H.E Mr Peter Taksøe-Jensen, Ambassador of Denmark to India; H.E Mr Alphonsus Stoelinga, Ambassador of Netherlands to India; H.E. Lorenzo Angeloni, Ambassador of Italy to India who expressed keenness to deepen their investment commitment to India, to enable mutual exchange of best practices, technology and to be a part of the revolution in the food processing industry which will take place in India.

CEOs and senior executives of leading Indian and global food chains including ITC, Walmart, Nestle, Kelloggs and Metro Cash & Carry India etc. present at the Curtain Raiser reinforced their commitment to wholeheartedly participate at the event and making it a success. It was unanimously observed that with one-sixth of World’s population and a vast pool of resources, India shoulders the responsibility to become the Global Food Value Chain Hub and the private industry players have an important part to play in this endeavor.

The Curtain raiser session coincided with the celebration of World Food Day, wherein . Badal pledged to wage a war against food wastage with #NoWasteOnMyPlate campaign. The campaign lends itself to the strategic intervention that World Food India 2017 will provide in achieving two most critical goals of the Government - doubling farmersincome by 2022 and reducing post-harvest losses by bringing together global and Indian leaders to collaborate and co-develop solutions across Indias food value chain.

The event is supported by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Development of North East Region, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Civil Aviation.

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