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Agri Culture and Agri Business theme for ninth edition of India Foodex
Tuesday, 29 August, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Agri Culture and Agri Business was the theme of the ninth essay of India Foodex and AgriTech India, which commenced at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre yesterday. The concept of the three-day event, which spans two halls and has been organised by Media Today Group, is moving from agricultural farms to complete food products.

It will not only showcase a range of new equipment and offer solutions to the agri and food processing industries, but also aims to drive efficiency using advanced technology and scouting for viable partnerships.

The highlights of the event, inaugurated by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, include the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s (FICCI) conference on Innovation in Agriculture, a seminar on food processing and renewable energy, the India Foodex Culinary Challenge and the Indian Agribusiness Excellence Awards 2017.

Following the ministry of agriculture and farmer’s welfare and the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), under the ministry of commerce, isinvesting a substantial share of the budgetary allocation of Rs 1,87,223 crore to promote technological upgrade and value addition in all segments of rice, wheat, pulses, oilseeds, spices anddairy.

“India needs tie-ups and joint ventures with global manufacturers of farm machinery. Ideally, this show is designed for the same concept - to transform farmers’ efforts from agriculture to agri business,” said S Jafar Naqvi, chief coordinator, Media Today Group.

“Through this event, we are trying to strengthen the relations between farmers and the agro food processing industry supported by the Union government. The effort is to double the incomes of farmers in the coming years,” he added.

“To achieve this crop diversification, supply chain management, sustainable practices and exposure of innovative technologies are the key factors which are visible and presented by leading Indian and international brands under one roof at BIEC,”Naqvi said.

To support the government’s initiatives, the concurrent show has an innovative display of food processing and packaging machinery, supply chain technologies and storage. The need of the hour is to ensure the adoption of the latest technology to spur efficiency.

There area series of interactions amongst food producers, retailers, importers, exportersof agriculture, dairy and processors. The focus is largely on best agricultural practices for high-quality production for the new-age agri entrepreneur.

With a large international participation, there are clear signs of interest in collaboration and striking partnerships.

India does need a advanced technology utilisation to drive agricultural incomes.To this end, the event will certainly help in establishing India in the global market and supporting the Make in India initiative.

The countries present are the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Italy, Germany, Taiwan and China.

While Canada is a new entrant to the event,Taiwan’s participation is on a larger scale. Turkey, which is keen to promote its sustainable agriculture, and China continue to be major participants.

Specifically there is a slew ofcompaniesfrom China for Green Fertilisers, which are bioactive growth stimulants and highly active seaweed extract fertilisers to promote the nutrition absorption of plants.
 
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