PM Modi: Food processing is a way of life in India

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the World Food India 2017 conference in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the World Food India 2017 conference in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Food India 2017 conference in New Delhi on Friday morning.

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal & MoS for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti were also present at the event. Chief Ministers of several states were also present at the event.

Latvian Prime Minister and Armenian President, who are visiting India, were also present.

Prime Minister Modi addressed the event and began by listing out India’s strengths in agriculture.

India has the second largest arable land area, and as many as 127 diverse agro-climatic zones, that give us global leadership in a number of crops, the PM said.

He also about the food processing sector and said the sector has been around for ages.

The Prime Minister also called for greater private sector participation in several segments of the food processing industry.

PM Modi at World Food India 2017 conference in New Delhi on Nov 3, 2017.

PM Modi at World Food India 2017 conference in New Delhi on Nov 3, 2017.

The Prime Minister further elaborated how the Indian farmers were an integral part to the food processing sector. He then listed out the efforts taken by the Indian government to give them their due.

“Our farmers are central to our efforts in food processing. We launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana to create world-class food processing infrastructure. This will leverage investment of US $5 billion, benefit 2 million farmers & create more than half million jobs,” said Modi.

The Prime Minister also said that the improvement of the food processing sector in India will also improve the nutrition security of the country.

Inviting investments from global companies, the Prime Minister noted that it was now easier to do business in India than ever before. He mentioned the recent World Bank report where India jumped 30 spots in ease of doing business index. India jumped rank 100 worldwide from last year’s 130th spot.

Calling India as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, PM Modi also lauded the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).