AAHAR 2018 assumes tremendous significant for social-economic development as Food Processing and Hospitality sectors are imperatives for income/employment generation, poverty alleviation, improving agri-horticultural productivity, reducing post-harvest losses, availability of better nutrition, export promotion and foreign exchange earnings. The current edition of Ahaar is a reflection of the latest pro-poor and agri-oriented Budget by the Government where the central focus is on food processing industry in terms of its potential to increase farmers’ income, provide employment and reduce wastage.

The food processing sector constitutes around 8 per cent of Gross Value Added (GVA) in manufacturing and agriculture sector in 2015-16. The value of processed food exports has increased to US$ 13.9 billion in 2016-17 which constitutes 11.2 per cent of India’s total exports.

This year, AAHAR assumes added significance especially when in the recent ‘Pro- poor & Agri-oriented budget, the Government has given special focus on the farm sector and earlier allocation up to100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in marketing of food items produced and manufactured locally, aimed at reducing wastage, helping farm diversification and encouraging global companies to produce locally rather than importing items. Opening new avenues of investment for global investors with reforms, the fair features business friendly policies, pro-active administration under ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’ ‘Start-up & Stand-up India’ initiatives which hold enormous promise for business fraternity and could radically transform the Asian economy.

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The 33rd Aahar International Food & Hospitality Fair 2018 seeks to offer a platform for facilitating growth and modernization in the processed food and hospitality sector. AAHAR 2018 to be held on 13-17 Mar 2018.

‘AAHAR 2018’ - the International Food and Hospitality fair will be inaugurated by Shri Suresh Prabhu, the Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India at 10.15 am on March 13, 2018 at Hall 7, (Lounge) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. H.E. Mr. Jacek Bogucki, First Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development of the Republic of Poland, H.E. Mr. Nejmeddine Lakhal, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia, Mr. L.C. Goyal, CMD, ITPO and H.E. Mr. Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan will also grace the occasion. The FSSAI stall was inaugurated by Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Chairperson FSSAI in the presence of Mr. Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI, Mr. BK Dubey, Director, FSSAI, representatives of associations from FICCI and AIFPA.

The event is being organised by ITPO with the support of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Development Authority (APEDA) and apex industry bodies such as APEDA, ARCHII, HOTREMAI, AIFPA, FHSAI and FIFI. Covering a gross area of around 24,000 sq.mtrs. (Hall7-12A& Hangers 1-6), the fair features a wide range of food products, machinery and equipment from over 900 exhibitors from India and overseas. The foreign participation is from 18 countries including USA, China, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Spain, Oman, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, Peru, Norway, Indonesia, Canada, Tunisia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Culinary Art Competition and seminars are among added attractions. AAHAR 2018 (March 13-17) will open from 10.00am to 6.00pm, daily.

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