New Delhi, October 18 (HS): The second edition of World Food India 2023 will be held in New Delhi from November 3–5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the programme on November 3 in the presence of union Food Processing Industries Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras at the Bharat Mandapam in Pragati Maidan. President Draupadi Murmu will deliver the valedictory address at the programme on November In this edition of World Food India, the Netherlands will be the ‘Partner Country’, while Japan and Vietnam are the ‘Focus Countries’.
The union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Water Power, Prahlad Singh Patel, gave this information on Wednesday. Minister Patel said in a press conference held at the National Media Centre that there is immense potential for investment in the food processing sector in India. He said that in World Food India 2023, 60 to 80 chefs will work together to make the world's longest millet dosa. They will attempt to create a Guinness record by making a dosa more than 100 feet long. The experiential food street, helmed by celebrity chef Ranveer Brar, will be the main attraction for food enthusiasts and industry professionals.
To celebrate the International Year of Millets 2023, a massive haul of 50 thousand tetra-pack containers of millet beverages will be made and distributed to underprivileged children. The 75 thousand visitors coming over the three days will also enjoy cultural programmes, including dance and musical performances.
Union Minister of State Patel said that World Food India is an effort to present the potential of this sector to global stakeholders. India is one of the fastest-growing economies, and there are many investment opportunities, especially in the food processing sector.
The minister said that the programme is a unique example of mutual cooperation between various departments of the government. 11 central ministries and departments and their associated autonomous bodies are participating in it. So far, exhibitors from 23 states and UTs and 16 countries have agreed to participate in the event, and more stakeholders are likely to attend in the remaining days of the event.
The minister also pointed out the wide international representation at the event. He said that around 10 foreign ministerial and official delegations from several countries are participating in the event. As part of the event, a reverse buyer-seller meet is also being organised in collaboration with the Department of Commerce and its associated commodity boards. Around 1,000 foreign buyers from more than 75 countries are expected to participate in it. Overall, more than 900 exhibitors are expected to participate in the event.
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