Farmers, our 'annadatas' central to efforts in food processing: PM

New Delhi, Nov 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing World Food Forum and inaugurate World Food India 2017, the biggest congregation of global investors and business leaders of major food companies.

"India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. GST has eliminated multiplicity of taxes," said PM Modi in Delhi adding, "Simple, home-based techniques, like fermentation, have resulted in creation of our famous pickles, papads, chutneys and murabbas that excite both the elite and the masses across the world."

The PM said,"Over a million passengers consume food on trains in India in a single day, they are potential customers for food processing industry.Our farmers, whom we respectfully call as 'annadatas' are central to our efforts in food processing."

Organised by the Food Processing Industries Ministry here, the three-day event aims to transform food economy and realise the vision of doubling of famers' income by establishing India as a preferred investment destination and sourcing hub for the global food processing industry.

This is the first time that India is hosting such an event for the food processing sector.

After the inauguration from Vigyan Bhavan, the Prime Minister will visit the Food Street at India Gate lawns.

During the event, India would host over 2,000 participants and 200 companies from around 30 countries.

Apart from representatives of 28 states, the event would also see participation of 18 ministerial and business delegations, nearly 50 global CEOs along with CEOs of all leading domestic food processing companies.

While Germany, Japan and Denmark are partner countries for the extravaganza, Italy and the Netherlands are the focus countries.

The event will witness specially curated experiential platform by chef Sanjeev Kapoor which will showcase Indian and foreign cuisines using Indian ingredients, flavours and fragrances.

News24Bureau with Agencies