Ranchi : The World Food India delegation generated huge excitement in the business community of Jharkhand during the road show organised today in Ranchi. The World Food India road show was organised by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), to extend the invite to Jharkhand based industrialists to participate in World Food India 2017. The road show saw, Ashok Kumar, Joint Secretary for Food Processing Industries, Government of India, K Ravi Kumar, Director, Department of Industry, Government of Jharkhand, Rajiv Kumar, Director, Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Cooperative, Government of Jharkhand, Neeraj Kant, Chairman, CII Jamshedpur Zonal Council, Sanjay Sabherwal, Vice Chairman, CII Jamshedpur Zonal Council, addressing the business community of the state. The roadshow witnessed an overwhelming participation of over 150 industrialists and business persons.
World Food India 2017 is a platform for showcasing the food processing strength of India and an opportunity to connect with international and Indian key players in food processing and allied sectors. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is the National Event Partner. The three-day mega event World Food India is to be held in New Delhi from 3 5 November 2017.World Food India delegation leader Ashok Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India discussed the investment and growth opportunities in food processing sector with business leaders. Furthermore, Kumar briefed the business community about the Government schemes related to food processing industry and highlighted the benefits of Kisan Sampada scheme of the Central Govt for Farmers, FPOs, Corporates etc. Kisan Sampada scheme will benefit 20 lakh farmers and generate 5,30,500 direct/ indirect employment in the country by the year 2019-20.
Speaking at roadshow, Ashok Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MoFPI), Government of India, said that in India, the food sector has emerged as a high-growth and high-profit sector due to its immense potential for value addition, particularly within the food processing industry. He urged the business community of Jharkhand for maximum participation in the event at New Delhi and look for new opportunities and collaboration with other Indian and global companies. He also added that Jharkhand has made it easier for investors for doing business in the state.
Speaking at the roadshow and highlighting the growth prospects in Jharkhand, K Ravi Kumar, Director, Department of Industry, Mines & Geology, Government of Jharkhand, said that Jharkhand is the first state to set up single window facility for farmers, to guide them on various government schemes. He also mentioned that Jharkhand government is committed to making food processing sector as the priority and the most preferred destination for investment across the country by ensuring investor friendly business environment marked by transparency and speedy decision making.
Addressing the dignitaries and the business community of Jharkhand, Rajiv Kumar, Director, Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Cooperative, Government of Jharkhand said that the state of Jharkhand, is Known as the vegetable bowl of eastern India, is one of the largest producer of vegetables in India. The state has over 60% of its total geographical area under agriculture cultivation and is a major producer for vegetables like tomato, peas, bell pepper and jackfruits and many more. The horticulture production in the state is also very vibrant. Given the production strengths Jharkhand has the potential to provide resource base for a thriving Food Processing Industry. The agricultural base, developing industrial activities Jharkhand has a lot of growth potential.
World Food India has received immense support from across the globe and it will see participation from over 25 countries where Italy has confirmed to be a Focus Country. The response from the Indian states has been very encouraging and more than 10 states have agreed to participate in World Food India. Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh will be the Partner States of World Food India. Furthermore, Karnataka, West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh will be the Focus States of World Food India.
All leading giants from India and abroad in Food processing, food technology, technology & equipment players, cold chains & reefer transports, ingredients, food retailers will be present at World Food India. World Food India will provide a platform to showcase offerings and Services along the food value chain which includes production, processing, packaging, technology, equipment, storage, logistics or retail. 80 international food companies have confirmed their participation at World Food India. Also, 30 CEOs of international food companies will attend the CEO Roundtable at World Food India.
Industry representatives present at the Roadshow included agro products, beverages, fisheries, dairy, organic & health food, Farmer Producer Organisations, Progressive farmers and food, industry associations as well as academia.