Govt interacts with food companies on activities planned for popularising millets

Related to International Year of Millets & Mega Food Event 2023

As the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India, is uniquely placed amongst all stakeholders i.e., producers, food processors, equipment manufacturers, logistics players, cold chain players, technology providers, startup & innovators, food retailers etc., the Ministry has proposed to organise a mega food event with a focus on millets, for showcasing the myriad opportunities in millets processing & value-addition as well as opportunities available in other champion segments for all relevant stakeholders.

As a prelude to the same, Secretary, MoFPI, Anita Praveen recently chaired a roundtable interaction with leading industry players in the agri and food processing sector. The agenda of the roundtable was to apprise the Ministry’s plan of action as well as gather inputs of the industry players for the series of events to be organised throughout the year until the proposed Mega Food Event. The roundtable witnessed participation from National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEMS) and over 25 prominent industry players in the agri food sector covering sub-segments such as ready-to-eat/cook (RTE/C), millets, fruits & vegetables, marine, dairy and nutraceuticals.

During the keynote address, Secretary informed the industry participants that the event organised in 2023 is being envisaged on a larger scale and would be providing a platform to explore Indian market across the value chain in food processing and food retail.

Through this event, MoFPI is planning to popularise nutri-cereals globally, owing to its health benefits. In lieu of the same, the industry members recommended organising international and national campaigns, expos, food & culinary festivals and research collaboration with NIFTEMs on sustainability.

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