2013-09-24 08:28:46 - SHRI SUBODH KANT SAHAI INNAUGARATED AAHAR 2008, THE 23RD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION ON FOOD & FOOD PROCESSING, HOTEL AND RESTAURANT EQUIPMENTS & SUPPLIES AT PRAGATI MAIDAN,NEW DELHI.
Shri Subodh Kant Sahai, Hon’ble Minister for Food Processing Industries, Government of India Inaugurated AAHAR-2008 on 10th march,2008 at Pragati Maidan,New Delhi. He said Aaahar 2008, one of the leading events of its kind in Asia and is a premier International Exhibition on Food, Food Processing, Hotel Equipments and supplies. Mr. Sahai said Aahar, 2008 is a one stop destination to explore the initiatives and opportunities created by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries which will not only help Entrepreneurs but let the Farmers and Consumers reap the benefits of technology to make India the food factory of the world by 2015.
Mr. Sahai said over the last few decades, our country has made a phenomenal progress on the food and
agriculture fronts. India is among one of the largest producers of fruits and vegetables and due to the advance in-house research & development and preservation techniques available these days, India has the potential to become the world leader in processed food products in the future. He further added events like Aahar-2008, will let the entrepreneurs to interact and initiate business ventures with investors from different countries across the world. He particularly emphasized events like Aahar will create awareness among the farmers in the countries and encourage them to adopt Demand Driven Farming, let them get significant return of their produce and restrict suicides among farmers which is also a major area of concern of our government. He said, “Food processing sector will become a backbone of the Indian economy in the years to come and will generate significant returns on investment as well as for employment generation”.
He further added, “It is heartening that growing levels of investment is pouring-in in the Food Processing sector both through domestic investors and via the Foreign Direct Investment” and we are trying to achieve a larger investment level by end of this decade which is a big challenge since the domestic sector will now be facing increasing competition resulting in higher pressure on margins and the need for conforming to stricter quality control norms. This situation would reorienting our strategies and in developing built-in strengths rater than buckling under pressure.
Mr. Sahai said, “In order to give an added boost to the food processing sector, the government has been laying emphasis on processing of fruits, vegetables, marine products, Starch based products,mushrooms,animal products, ready to eat processed and organic food and use of cold chain from farm to processing units and sea ports or airports”. Integrated facilities for washing, grading, packing of processed food and ensuring better availability of road or rail transport, adequate cargo-handling, testing laboratories have been among other priorities areas of the government.
Mr. Subodh kant Sahai while addressing the people at Aahar-2008, at Pragati Maidan, Delhi empasised, “To raise the profile of the Food processing sector and for reinforcing it to address future challenges”. He said it would be necessary to synergise the endeavours of investors, processors, producers, buyers and government agencies. The great potential of the food processing sector can be appropriately harnessed provided all these intermediaries in agriculture and food processing industries get together on a common platform. In this context, the role of “Aahar-2008” and its organizers deserves our heartiest felicitations in providing such a platform.
He concluding remarks was, “by showcasing India’s achievement in a global prespective, AAHAR-2008 automatically underlines the potential for further development and modernization of this vital sector of the Indian economy and it will offer investment of capital and technologies in return”.