International Conference on Food Processing
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Organising Committee

Siraj Chaudhry

ICFA Working Group on Food Business


Dr. A K Tyagi
ED Haldiram
Trade and Investment Commissioner
Raj Seelam
Managing Director Sresta Natural Bioproducts Pvt. Ltd.
Dr Mustafa Sassa
Chairman & Managing Director Sarrahraj Enterprise Pvt. Ltd. (Raj Group of Companies, UAE)
Ashok Wadhawan
Project Consultant Win Win Solutions
M.Girija Shankar
IAS Secretary, Food Processing
Vishnu Chandra Srivastava
Deputy Advisor Quality Council of India
ICAR National Fellow, Professor & Head, Department of Agricultural Engineering College of Horticulture, Vellanikkara Kerala Agricultural University
Ajay K Gupta
Executive Director, Greentech Mega Food Park Limited

In India, the food sector has emerged as a high-growth and high-profit sector due to its immense potential for value addition, particularly within the food processing industry. The Indian food processing industry accounts for 32% of the country’s total food market, one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. It contributes around 14% of manufacturing Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 13% of India’s exports and 6% of total industrial investment.

With globalization and increasing trade across the borders approximately about 460 mn tonnes of food valued at US$ 3 billion is traded annually. India has thus, a great potential for global trade in agricultural and processed food products. The share of food processing exports in total exports was around 12% in the last few years. During 2011-15, India’s exports of processed food related products have been growing at a CAGR of 23.3%. India has a location advantage as it is geographically close to key export destinations (Middle East, South East Asia). The industry is witnessing significant reforms by the Government of India and several State governments such as 100% FDI under government approval route for trading, including e-commerce, in respect of food products manufactured or produced in India; enhanced investment in the food processing sector; proactive steps simplifying ‘ease of doing business’, delisting of horticulture crops and insurance schemes to support the vulnerable farmers and farm products. International Conference on Food Processing organized by ICFA becomes the ideal platform for the stakeholders to discuss the issues, growth opportunities and explore possibilities of enhancing food processing in the country.


The Conference aims at achieving the following specific objectives:

  • To provide a global platform to the industry, institutions and States to showcase the potential, achievements and opportunities and what they can offer
  • To discuss the research and technology interventions happening globally and locally and their application in Indian context through national and global partnerships and collaborations
  • To discuss the problems faced by farmers in India and globally, the issue of access and equity in technologies, policy and the challenges
  • To provide platform for exploring opportunities for business and investments, technical and marketing collaborations, exports and partnerships and signing of MoUs
  • To discuss the policy, trade, technology, and investments perspectives on national and global level

25 Oct, 2018, IARI Fair Ground, New Delhi

= 1:30pm - 2:30 pm
Inaugural Session
= 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Policy overview and market and industry outlook
= 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Food processing in doubling farmers’ income
= 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

26 Oct, 2018, IARI Fair Ground, New Delhi

Connecting farmers with the market – role of food processing industry
= 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Promoting GAP and certification for quality raw material
= 10.30 am – 11.00 am
Innovative Products for boosting rural economy
= 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Tea Break
= 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Issues in food safety, quality enforcement and harmonizing standards
= 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Conclusion and valediction
= 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm