Kumbh Mela of the Food Processing Industry
The three-day event, World Food India 2017 was organized by Ministry of Food Processing Industries and supported by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as the National event partner. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated World Food India 2017 (WFI) on 3rd November 2017 at the India Gate Lawns in New Delhi. This is the first time India is hosting such an event. More than 800 global companies representing 22 Countries & domestic companies will be exhibiting. The government aims to attract $10 billion investment in next three years in the country.
Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Hon’ble President of India at the Valedictory session of World Food India said that “World Food India is the Kumbh Mela of the Food Processing Industry.”
He further added later that food was part of India’s global outreach. Foods like the samosa have entered India from Central Asia, assimilated into our culture and then exported to different parts of the world. He stated that concepts that were once part of India’s heritage such as Ayurveda and Yoga have once again come back in vogue. Food Processing Sector offers many opportunities for investment in several areas including huge opportunities for women to set up micro-enterprises in the country and adoption of food processing can go a long way in curbing food wastage.
The highlights of the festival was a lovely Food Street curated by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor where you could enjoy the best of regional Indian food. He talked about the future of Indian food and the role of technology and digital media in the culinary world at the event.
Khichdi was chosen by him for the world record and while answering the question that Why did you choose khichdi for the world record? He replied with utmost intelligence that “The combination of rice and dal is enjoyed in each and every state across India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. The name could be different it could be khichdi, it could be just Dal-Chawal, it could be Varan Bhaat, it could be Tehri or Pongal. It could even be Idli and Dosa which uses the same combination of rice and lentils and only the form is different. We wanted to create a dish that unites India” and he did so.
Key facts of World Food India:
- The theme of WFI 2017 is ‘Transforming the Food Economy’.
- Germany, Japan and Denmark are Partner Countries to World Food India.
- The vision is the doubling of farmer’s income by establishing India as a preferred investment destination and sourcing hub for the global food processing industry.
- It aims towards making Country Food Secure.
- The main focus is given to Farmer Producer Organizations & Women Entrepreneurs.
- According to a source, the event witnessed the participation of 10,000 participants and over 8,000 B2B and B2G meetings were held.