Things You Should Know About the 800 Kg 'Khichdi' World Record Attempt

Food Processing Minister Harsimarat Kaur Badal said the government has earmarked Rs 6,000 crore over the next three years to create infrastructure in the sector that will attract investments. PTI file

The Prime Minister said food processing is a way of life in India and it has been practiced for ages.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi releasing the Coffee Table Book at the inauguration ceremony of the World Food India 2017, in New Delhi on November 03, 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated much anticipated worldwide mega food event, "World Food India" 2017 from Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

The PM also launched a portal - Nivesh Bandhu - or "investor's friend" which he said would bring together information on central and state government policies, and incentives provided for the food-processing sector.

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Commenting about the World Food India 2017, an official statement said that World Food India platform will strengthen India's position as a global food factory and is a positive step towards making the country food secure. PM Modi further said, "Over a million passengers consume food on trains in India in a single day, they are potential customers for food processing industry". The main attraction of the event is popular Indian dish "khichdi'. Simple, home-based techniques, such as fermentation, have resulted in the creation of our famous pickles, papads, chutneys and murabbas that excite both the elite and the masses across the world", Modi said.

"Khichdi is a complete food in itself as it contains all nutrients and it is a gift to the world from India on the day of Gurpurab", Baba Ramdev said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said starting business in India is easier than ever before as procedures have been simplified, archaic laws repealed and compliance requirements reduced.

Harsimrat Badal also highlighted that India was one of the fastest growing economies in the world and that its demand for food would double over the next five years.

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The inaugural day of World Food India 2017 saw signing of 13 MoUs worth Rs 68,000 crore.

T Krishnakumar, the Chairman of Coca Cola India was optimistic about India becoming Coca-Cola's 5th largest market in terms of volume over the next two to three years. India is also rapidly progressing on the Global Innovation Index, Global Logistics Index and Global Competitiveness Index.

India will host over 2,000 participants and over 200 companies from 30 countries.

"The farm-to-kitchen chain is going to change in India, like elsewhere, with increased agricultural production, better storage facilities, more food processing and changing consumer food preference", he added. It has only been put for a record entry in World Food India, and will proudly showcase India's culinary diversity.

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