MSME- Development Institute of Chennai Food Processing & Service Enterprises Expo 2018

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MSME- Development Institute of Chennai Food Processing & Service Enterprises Expo 2018

A two-day FOOD PROCESSING & SERVICE ENTERPRISES EXPO is being organised by MSME Development Institute, Ministry of MSME, Government of India at its premises in Guindy (Chennai) on 9th – 10th March 2018. The Expo was inaugurated by Shri Sudhir Garg, Joint Secretary, Office of DC(MSME), Ministry of MSME, New Delhi. The programme was also attended by Shri P.K. Mohanty General Manager IOB and Shri Vidya Sagar Singh, Zonal General Manager NSIC.

Shri S. Sivagnanam, Additional Industrial Advisor, MSME Development Institute Chennai welcomed the dignitaries and appealed the MSMEs to make the session interactive and draw the maximum benefit from such a platform. He also stressed on the role of MSME Development Institute as a One Stop Solution for all the queries and requirements of Aspiring and existing enterprises.

The inaugural address for the programme was delivered by the Chief guest Shri Sudhir Garg, Joint Secretary & Additional Development Commissioner. While emphasising on the huge potential tapped in the Food processing sector, he highlighted the key parameters required for the growth of a firm viz competitiveness, capability and connectedness. He appreciated the relevance of such platforms which bring together scientists, technology experts, bankers, MSMEs & PSUs all under one roof. He also advised the MSMEs to innovate and focus on value addition for a sustainable growth.

Various financial institutions like Indian Overseas Bank, Union bank of India, RBL and Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation; Government agencies like NSIC, CITD; procuring agencies like Canteen Stores Department (M/o of Defence), IRCTC, Central warehousing corporation; e-Commerce players like Amazon, Licensing bodies like FSSAI, BIS, Agmark; and a number of other PSUs participated in the Expo and interacted with the MSMEs regarding the opportunities in Food processing Sector.

There was an overwhelming representation from the MSME sector with around 130 stalls exhibiting the products manufactured by MSMEs and around 5000 visitors attending the Expo on Day 1. The stalls comprised of Food processing industry, machinery manufacturers for food processing industry, preservative industries, herbal, organic, traditional, nutri-food industries. In addition, premier institutes like Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (Thanjavur), Central Food Technology Research Institute (Mysore) and Tamilnadu Veterinary University also participated in the Expo for technology transfer. Various Testing laboratories exhibited their facilities.

Apart from the exhibition a seminar is also being organized for technology transfer of existing products and new product development.