“ENHANCE INDIA’S EXPORT SHARE IN FOOD PROCESSING & HOSPITALITY SECTORS BY CREATING INTEGRATED VALUE CHAIN”
|Shri Anand Sharma|
The Minister complimented ITPO and MFPI and other associates, for promoting the processed food and hospitality sectors through the medium of premier event AAHAR. Expressing his happiness over the participation response from India and overseas at AAHAR 2012 with its theme “ Indian Food Basket- A Seal of Quality”, he pointed out that the fair has a special significance for the economic growth of the country and the enhanced participation reflects the popularity of the event.
Underlining the importance of the food and hospitality sectors in Indian economy and its potential in global market, Shri Rakesh Kacker, Secretary, MFPI who attended the ceremony as ‘Guest of Honour’ remarked that to provide necessary fillip, several schemes are being decentralized for implementation at the State levels.
In her address, Smt. Rita Menon, CMD, ITPO highlighted the salient features of the fair. She informed that AAHAR 2012 has surpassed all previous records in terms of participation with over 565 exhibitors including 72 foreign exhibitors from 19 countries with Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland participating for the first time. She pointed out that the fair covers two concurrent exhibitions –‘Food India’ and ‘Hospitality India’. While acknowledging the continued support of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Association Agricultural Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) Associations of Resources Companies for the Hospitality Industry of India (ARCHII), Hotel & Restaurant Equipment Manufacturers’ Association of India (HOTREMAI), All India Food Processors’ Association (AIFPA) and Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in mounting this show, She hoped that the next edition of Aahar would have bigger participation.
The Vote of Thanks was purposed by Shri Neeraj Kumar Gupta, Executive Director, ITPO. Aahar 2012 (March 12-16) is open to the business visitors from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. while all visitors can visit the fair from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m on March16,2012.