Upcoming visit of the Minister of Food Processing Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal to the Netherlands to invite Dutch Government and business to World Food India 2017

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Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal to visit Netherlands on August 22/23 to invite Dutch Government and business for World Food India 2017

Indian Minister for Food Processing Industries Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal will visit The Netherlands on August 22nd - August 23rd 2017 to invite the Dutch Government and businesses for World Food India 2017.

During the visit, Mrs. Badal will meet Dutch Minister for Agriculture Mr Martijn van Dam.

She will also address a Roadshow on World Food India 2017, a mega international investment and sourcing event in the Indian food sector. The roadshow is being jointly hosted by the Embassy of India, VNO-NCW, Rabo Bank and KPMG at the Rabo Bank headquarters in Utrecht. The Roadshow will be attended by CEO’s of leading Dutch companies involved in the food processing sector. Presentations will be made on investment opportunities in India’s food processing sector at the Roadshow.

She will then the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the library at Utrecht University pay respects along with Mr Kriejkamp Deputy Mayor of Utrecht and representatives of the Indian community in the Netherlands.

Mrs. Badal is being accompanied by senior officials of India’s Ministry of food Processing Industries and a business delegation of representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industry and KPMG India.

World Food India 2017 is being organized by the Government of India from November 3 -5, 2017 in New Delhi. The event aims to bring global and Indian leaders across the food processing industry and value chain on one platform. It will showcase opportunities for foreign investors in India’s food processing industry and familiarize the global industry with India’s policy environment.

Netherlands, situated in Western Europe, is the 6th largest economy in European Union with an overall GDP of USD 770.8 billion in 2016. The Food processing industry contributes to approximately 10% of GDP of Netherlands and 20% of total industrial export. There are more than 4,500 food processing companies in Netherlands making it the 2nd largest agri-food exporter in the world, after USA. It supplies a quarter of the vegetables that are exported from Europe. Netherlands is 4th largest exporter of cheese in the world. 12 of the world’s largest agri-food companies have major production or R&D sites in Netherlands, including Cargill, Heinz, Monsanto, Unilever, Mead Johnson, ConAgra, and Mars2. 

The Minister’s visit is aimed at informing Dutch companies of the numerous opportunities present in India and invite them to participate in the World Food India and to provide their expertise as well as invest in post-harvest management, capacity expansion, research & development and skill development in India.

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