New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) In the endeavour to make India an agro-processing hub, the government will organise its biggest food export promotion event in the country – Indus Food – in January next year, it was announced on Tuesday.
“We propose to bring at least 400 buyers to Indus Food, to target core areas we have identified for attention in the food and beverage industry,” Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia said, announcing January 18-19, 2018, as the scheduled dates for the food and beverage trade show to be held in Greater Noida.
She said government aims to make Indus Food a platform for an industry that is already worth $33 billion.
“We want to make Indus Food a targeted organisation where we get the right buyers, and the best exhibitors to showcase the best products the country has to offer,” she said.
Organisers Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) said that besides buyers from across the world, the event will have the participation of around 500 Indian manufacturers and exporters.
Exhibitors can showcase 12 product segments ranging from consumer food, dairy products, marine, meat and poultry to Indian ethnic food, all under one roof.
Teaotia said that mega events like Indus Food aim to give farmers better value for their produce.
“We’re looking at the enormous diversity of agricultural products in India…where we are market leaders in some products known globally,” she said.
“We’re looking at making India an agro-processing hub….a place in which to do business,” she added.