PM Modi inaugurates 'World Food India 2017' fair

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However, Harsimrat Kaur Badal clarified that khichdi is just a record entry at the World Food India event and will not be declared as the national dish of the country.

Hailing the farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called them central to the government's efforts in the field of food processing. "And that change is visible". The Food Processing Industries Ministry is holding this event with the agenda to "provide the right opportunity for the farmers, FPOs, get linked to the processors". He added India's GDP growth in future will be driven by areas that have not exploited their full potential so far.

While Indians went nuts on Twitter discussing whether or not khichdi will be named the National food of the country, Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal cleared the air on Wednesday.

Here's how the team World Food India 2017 is preparing to make 800 kilograms of Khichdi in 1000 litre kadhai. He said India is also rapidly progressing on the Global Innovation Index, Global Logistics Index and Global Competitiveness Index.

More than 40 countries, 27 states governments are participating in the event.

The khichdi will be prepared by renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who has been roped in as the brand ambassador of the Great India Food Street. Nine such parks are already operational, and more than thirty others are in the process of coming up across the country.

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Modi also talked about India's improved ranking on the World Bank's "ease of doing business" index. Germany, Japan and Denmark are Partner Countries to World Food India whereas Italy & Netherlands are Focus Countries. "Increasing urbanisation and the growing middle-class has boosted food industry in India", Modi said, adding that India's economy was in "high gear".

In a specially organised session showcasing India as the preferred Investment Destination for the food processing sector, the Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Shri Arun Jaitley spelt out the transformational initiatives undertaken by the Government of India in the last three years. Exclusive separate CEOs roundtables were also held during the day with Prime Minister and Finance Minister.

"Over 11 billion dollars worth of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) are to be signed over the next three days". The MoUs were signed in the presence of Smt. Commenting on the MoUs, the Union Minister for Food Processing Smt.

PM Modi said passengers who consumed food on trains were potential customers for the food processing industry.

"I am happy to say we are going to invest over Rs 10,000 crore in setting up food processing facilities on a pan-India basis", he said.