PM Modi inaugurates India's first world food fair in New Delhi

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World Food India 2017: PM Modi inaugurates India's first world food fair in New Delhi

The khichdi will be prepared by renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who has been roped in as brand ambassador of the "Great India Food Festival", for the three-day event that started on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the most anticipated worldwide mega food event- World Food India 2017, the biggest congregation of global investors and business leaders of major food companies, on Friday.

PM Modi said passengers who consumed food on trains were potential customers for the food processing industry.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated much anticipated worldwide mega food event, "World Food India" 2017 from Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. At the inaugural event, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti will also be joined by the Ministers of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. He said simple, home-based techniques, such as fermentation, have resulted in the creation of pickles, papads, chutneys and murabbas. After Yoga, khichdi may also become popular around the world.

India, he said, ranked number one in the world in 2016 in greenfield investment and has also rapidly progressed on the Global Innovation Index, the Global Logistics Index and the Global Competitiveness Index.

"Today is a historic day".

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Ramdev said khichdi was a nutritious food and it had all necessary vitamins, while Badal said khichdi was a special food item since everyone in India would eat it.

"Over 11 billion dollars worth of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) are to be signed over the next three days".

"The unique portal - Nivesh Bandhu - or investor's friend - that we have just launched, brings together information on Central and state government policies, and incentives provided for the food processing sector. India is the third largest economy in terms of purchasing power and our demand for food is said to double over the next five years", Badal said. "This is a clear opportunity for global supermarket chains considering India as a major outsourcing hub", he said.

"The farm-to-kitchen chain is going to change in India, like elsewhere, with increased agricultural production, better storage facilities, more food processing and changing consumer food preference", he added. Food Street is a lively vibrant zone to showcase Indian and foreign cuisines using Indian ingredients, flavours and fragrances. "From a rank of 142 in 2014, we have now reached the top 100", he said at the World Food India 2017 conference here.

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

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