Millet is ideal for keeping diseases at bay: Union Food Processing Minister Prahlad Singh Patel

National Conference on Plant-based Foods takes place in New Delhi

“Today the food that the world once dismissed as food for the poor and birds are now being used for health purposes. That’s why the year 2023 has been designated as the International Millet Year”, said Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State for Ministry of Food Processing Industry and Jal Shakti, Govt. of India, at the national conference organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in New Delhi on 8th February 2023.

Addressing the conference on Plant-Based Food Capturing Avenues to Intensify the Food Processing Industry, Patel said that this sector is said to have enormous market development potential. “The world is dealing with ailments like diabetes, cholesterol, and other diseases; whole grain is the ideal food for preventing such diseases,” he added.

Other experts present during the event included Arun Om Lal, Co-Chair, ASSOCHAM’s Council on Food Processing and Value Addition & President Corporate Affairs and Communications, Hexagon Nutrition; Palak Mehta, Founder & CEO, Vegan First; Varun Deshpande, Managing Director, The Good Food Institute (GFI); Akshat Khandelwal, Member, ASSOCHAM and Founder & CEO, NuflowerFoods and Nutrition.

The conference focused on the observation that people in the country and around the world are increasingly turning to plant-based foods as health awareness grows.

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