Surat: Inauguration of three-day Food and Agritech Expo-2024 in Sarsana by Chamber of Commerce. Loktej Surat, Business News

Surat: Inauguration of three-day Food and Agritech Expo-2024 in Sarsana by Chamber of Commerce.  Loktej Surat, Business News

The three-day ‘Food and Agritech-2024’ exhibition organized by South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry and South Gujarat Chamber Trade and Industry Development Center from 10 to 12 February 2024 got a grand start from today.

Balwant Patel, Chairman, Surat District Co-operative Bank Limited came as the inaugural guest and inaugurated the exhibition. Regional Director of National Cooperative Development Corporation Sanjay Kumar, Director of Bharatiya Kisan Fertilizer Cooperative Limited Bhavesh Radadiya, Chairman and Managing Director of Euro India Fresh Foods Manhar Saspra, President of Bardoli Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry Pradeep Aggarwal attended the function as special guests. was present.

Chamber of Commerce President Ramesh Vaghasia welcomed everyone at the function. He said that the share of agriculture sector in India’s economy is 15 percent, which was 35 percent in the year 1990-91. For the last several years, the growth rate of India’s agricultural sector has been around 4 percent per annum, whereas the annual growth rate of the agricultural sector at the global level is minus 4 percent. India ranks first in the world in many agricultural products. For example, India ranks first in products like banana, gram, ginger, lemon, mango etc. Where India ranks second in the world in the production of vegetables and fruits and in the production of onion, garlic, tomato, rice and sugarcane. India also ranks second in the world in the use of fertilizers. A surprising statistic in this context is that the per hectare yield in India is much lower than the per hectare yield in the world. If India’s agricultural practices are changed, production can increase. As income increases, consumption of Indians will also increase. According to an estimate, in the next 20 years the consumption will increase four times compared to the current consumption. That is why the Government of India has set a target of contributing 20 percent to the Indian economy in the food processing sector, currently it is 8 percent.

Balwant Patel, Chairman, Surat District Cooperative Bank Limited, who inaugurated the function, said that sugarcane has become the foundation of economic growth for farmers in South Gujarat. India is now going to create a new identity in the agriculture sector to realize the dream of ‘Developed India @2047’, while the Prime Minister is moving ahead with the target of doubling the income of farmers. Agriculture and farmers have made a unique contribution to the development of the country.

Government of India is working on a plan for storage of agricultural produce: Sanjay Kumar, Regional Director, National Cooperative Development Corporation

Sanjay Kumar, regional director of National Cooperative Development Corporation, said that the South Gujarat region in Gujarat is rich in all things like industrial, processing and agriculture. We can contribute to the sustainable development of the country through Triple C, cooperative, corporate and collaboration. The Government of India is working on schemes for storage of agricultural produce.

We have to develop agriculture through traditional farming, animal husbandry and cooperative societies: Bhavesh Radadia, Director, IFFCO

Bhavesh Radadiya, Director of Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative Limited, said that along with accepting modernity, Indian society has also made many changes in its social system. India has conducted a pilot project of applying urea in liquid form in the fields through drones by doing research on urea through nanotechnology. A decade ago, 65 percent urea was imported, whereas currently 20 percent urea is being exported from India. He further said that we have to achieve development in the agriculture sector through traditional farming, animal husbandry and cooperation.

Brand your company, brand has value: Manhar Saspra, President, Euro India Foods

Manhar Saspra, Chairman and Managing Director, Euro India Foods, said, ‘Surat has already become a Silk City, Diamond City and Clean City, but it is certain that Surat will become a Food City in the near future. Giving advice to entrepreneurs, he said, make your company a brand, brand has value.

If emphasis is given on cultivation of pulses in South Gujarat then the produce can get good price: Pradeep Aggarwal

President of Bardoli Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pradeep Aggarwal said that February 10 is celebrated as ‘World Pulses Day’. We import 40 percent of the pulses required in India. Due to which the price of pulses increases. If emphasis is given on cultivation of pulses in South Gujarat also, then good price for the produce can be obtained.

Chamber of Commerce Vice President Vijay Mewawala thanked everyone present at the function. The ceremony was conducted by Honorary Minister Nikhil Madrasi. Food and Agritech Expo Chairman K.B. Pipliya gave information about the exhibition. Former Chamber of Commerce President and Sir Infracon Chairman Bharat Gandhi delivered the keynote address. The then former president of the chamber Himanshu Bodawala, honorary treasurer Kiran Thummar, All Exhibition Chairman Bijal Jariwala, former presidents, industrialists and businessmen were present in this function.



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