1st Northeast Food Show ends with CMs’ Conclave, emphasis laid on organic food

1st Northeast Food Show ends with CMs’ Conclave, emphasis laid on organic food

SHILLONG | Dec 06, 2019:

The three-day Northeast Food Show 2019 concluded with the Chief Ministers' Conclave which was attended by Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb, Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu, Union Minister of State incharge Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State incharge Ministry of Food Processing, Rameshwar Teli and Sikkim Minister of  Tourism, Civil Aviation and Commerce & Industry, B.S Pant.

In his remarks, Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma said that the first edition of the Northeast Food Show provided a dynamic platform for the 250 food exhibitors who indulged in B2B discussions and training programmes. Hotels have also shown keen interest in experimenting with jackfruit as a vegan meat, while the growth for homemade wine in the state has also inspired the government to consider coming up with a policy to regulate wine making.

Meanwhile, union minister, Kiren Rijiju said that food is crucial to human civilization and that the identity of the people is associated with the food of the place. He further added that since the food in Northeast is known to be healthy for it is mostly organic based, it provides an attractive sustainable career option.

On the same note, Teli also felt that the organic factor of the Northeast should not be contained in one state but emulated in other parts of the country. The Minister of Food Processing further informed that Mega Food Parks which have been sanctioned for most North-eastern States will also be sanctioned in Meghalaya soon.

On the other hand, Tripura CM, Biplab Deb focused on an integration of all the North-eastern States in order to transform the food industry because of the unique fruits and food habits each state is known for.

Arunachal CM, Pema Khandu laid importance on the need to focus on the primary sector of every state which is Agriculture while Sikkim minister BS Pant spoke at length on Sikkim being hundred percent dependent on organic farming. He said that the food show provides a platform to share knowledge that can benefit the entire North Eastern region.

PrincipalSecretary, Agriculture, Dr P Sahkil Ahammed summarized the 1stNortheast Food Show as an avenue of opportunities for every stakeholder fromindustries, supply and value chain, policy makers and academicians.

Meghalaya CM also announced that the North East Food Show will be an annual calendar event while the second edition would be held on November from the 26th to 28th, 2020.

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