India is the world's second largest producer of food next to China but accounts for less than 1.5% of International Food Trade. The Indian Food Sector is poised for a rapid growth and has potential to become reliable outsourcing partner in the Food Industry given its strength in primary Food Sector. The Indian Food brands are now increasingly finding prime shelf space in retail chains across US and Europe.
Prominent among the areas waiting to be tapped are canning, packaging, refrigeration for dairy, poultry, fisheries, meat, ready to eat products, cereals and grains, soft drinks consumer product groups like confectionery, chocolates, coco products, soya-based products, mineral water, high protein foods and nutraceuticals, apart from health food and health food supplements, a rapidly rising segment of the food processing industry.
The Ministry of Agriculture is aiming to double the production of all food crops through National Food Security Mission, NHM, HMNEHS & NHB and disseminating latest and modern practices of production and post harvest care. On the export front, APEDA is targeting agricultural and processed food exports in the range of Rs.4000-5000 crores (US$ 0.75 billion) in coming years.
The need of the hour in India is increased productivity of grains and building of an effective supply chain to ensure that what is produced in the farm reaches the consumer in good shape. Greater use of machinery has, therefore, become necessary in India, where plenty of produce is available for value addition and food processing, but have technical constraints in enhancing production and productivity because of inadequate exposure to high technology & inputs, coupled with advanced production practices, preservation, logistics and marketing. As a result, India is emerging as one of the hottest destinations not only for Food Processing and Packaging Machinery & Equipment imports from European and South East Asian Countries but also for Agro-Food products from international suppliers.
FoodTech Pune 2019 will be held concurrently with 11th International Horti Expo 2019, 5th Agrex India, GrainTech Fair 2019 and DairyTech Pune 2019 at Pune, India
together the events will focus on fresh produce, processed foods, food processing machinery, packaging, retailing, dairy and other allied sectors. It is the ideal platform for national as well as international stakeholders to launch their products, enhance their network and explore opportunities that are waiting to be tapped.
Maharashtra is a major producer of food crops as well as cash crops. Main crops include rice, jwar, bajra, wheat, pulses, vegetables, and fruits. The principal cash crops cultivated in the state are sugarcane, turmeric, and several oil seeds including groundnut, sunflower and soybean. The state has huge areas, under fruit cultivation. The fruits which have added to the treasury of the state are the Nagpur oranges, oranges of Bathplug, the Alphonso Mangoes and the grapes of Nashik. The total irrigated area which has been used for crop cultivation is over 33, 500 square kilometre. Large areas of the state have been brought under fruit cultivation.
Maharashtra is an extremely progressive state in terms of adapting modern technologies. Neighbouring states like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka are also major crop producers of India. Substantial export of perishable produces takes place through these states. Pune, our venue, enjoys a locational advantage of being close to Mumbai, where India's biggest perishable cargo complex exists, enabling quick export of these products.
The aim of FoodTech Pune 2019, concurrently with 11th International Horti Expo, 5th Agrex India, GrainTech Fair and DairyTech Pune 2019 is to promote holistic growth of the Indian food and agriculture sector.