Hyderabad Hosts the Prestigious World Food India's Telangana Summit
DECCAN CHRONICLE | DC Correspondent
Hyderabad: Telangana, today hosted the prestigious World Food India's Telangana Summit, the significant event brought together key stakeholders in the food processing sector.
Telangana will also have its Pavilion at the World Food Summit, New Delhi finale ( 3-5 November,2023) offering opportunities for startups, small businesses to showcase their products and innovations at the pavilion. The last date for submissions to be part of the Telangana Pavilion is 10th October 2023.
The summit in Hyderabad was graced by the presence of eminent dignitaries, including Telangana's Principal Secretary, Shri Jayesh Ranjana, and the Ministry of Food Processing and Industries' Additional Secretary, Shri Minhaj Alam.
This gathering served as a curtain-raiser for the upcoming World Food India event scheduled to be held in Delhi from November 3rd to 5th, 2023. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) is organizing this international conference in light of the International Year of Millets, aiming to unite the global food processing industry to share experiences, insights, and advancements in agriculture, food processing, and digital rural transformation.
Jayesh Ranjan in his address highlighted the key features of the Telangana Summit, and the inauguration of the first-of-its-kind Millet Incubation Center, supported under the PMFME Scheme. He also announced that Telangana as the state partner for the New Delhi event will Telangana Pavilion, and urged startups and small businesses to participate, showcase their inventions at the Pavilion. The last date for submissions is 10th October 2023.
Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) has been granted Rs. 268.76 Lakhs for this project, situated in the capital city of Telangana.
The Millet Incubation Center offers a diverse range of processing facilities, including primary and secondary millet processing, extrusion lines for vermicelli, pasta, and noodles, bakery lines, and a puffing line. This expansion aims to double the number of entrepreneurs benefiting from these facilities and promote the nutritional value and versatility of millets, such as Sorghum, Pearl millet, Finger Millet, Proso millet, Foxtail millet, Kodo millet, Little millet, and Barnyard Millet.
Millets, often referred to as 'nutri-cereals' or 'Shree Anna,' have garnered attention for their high nutritional content, including calcium, zinc, iron, and a low glycemic index. To meet the increasing demand for ready-to-eat, ready-to-cook, and ready-to-serve millet products, the Millet Incubation Center introduces technology for value-added products like biscuits, pasta, noodles, and more under the brand "MILLET-PLUS."
Telangana has emerged as a significant player in the food processing industry, contributing an additional 12.5% to the value of agricultural products. The state processes a quarter of its agricultural output, including renowned products like Banaganapalle Mangoes, Hyderabad Haleem, and Tandur Redgram, which have received Geographical Indication Tags. The state government, in collaboration with MOFPI, is expanding into agro-processing clusters, cold chain infrastructure, and warehousing to support the food value chain development.
This event highlights the significance of millets on a global scale, addressing food security, nutrition, and climate resilience. It aligns with various government schemes, such as PMFME, PMKSY, and PLIS, aimed at boosting the food processing sector, with subsidies and support for micro food processing enterprises.
All entrepreneurs, including millet-based and other food processing industries, are encouraged to actively participate in World Food India 2023. It provides a global platform to showcase unique products, innovations, and success stories while fostering networking, collaborations, and learning from global best practices.