Facts & Figures from PIB:
- Union Minister of Food Processing Industries chaired the Curtain Raiser Press Conference held here today for the World Food India 2017 expo, a vibrant three–day business platform.
- 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.
- 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.
- World Food India platform will reinvigorate India’s position as a ‘Global Food Factory’ and a ‘Global Sourcing Hub’.
- 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.
- Germany, Japan and Denmark are Partner Countries to World Food India whereas Italy & Netherlands are Focus Countries.
- 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 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 farmers’ income by 2022 and reducing post–harvest losses by bringing together global and Indian leaders to collaborate and co–develop solutions across India’s food value chain.