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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates rice field laboratory named after him in Philippines

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated rice field laboratory named after him International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos in Philippines during his three-day visit to attend ASEAN-India and East Asia summits.

India is setting up regional centre of IRRI in Varanasi to develop high-yielding rice varieties to increase farmers’ income by enhancing and supporting rice productivity, reducing cost of production, value addition, diversification and enhancement of farmers’ skills.

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

IRRI is international agricultural research and training organization known for its work in developing rice varieties that contributed to Green Revolution in 1960s. It was established in 1960 and has offices in 17 countries. It aims to reduce poverty and hunger, improve health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability of rice farming.

IRRI is one of 15 agricultural research centres in world that form CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research centres, a global partnership of organizations engaged in research on food security. It is also the largest non-profit agricultural research centres in Asia. Large number of Indian scientists are working in IRRI.

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World Food India 2017 held in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated World Food India 2017 (WFI) on 3rd November 2017 at the India Gate Lawns in New Delhi. The three day event was organized by Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

The theme of WFI 2017 is ‘Transforming the Food Economy’. Germany, Japan and Denmark are Partner Countries to World Food India.

World Food India 2017 (WFI)

The purpose of WFI 2017 is to transform food economy and realize vision of doubling of farmers’ income by establishing India as a preferred investment destination and sourcing hub for the global food processing industry.

This is first time India is hosting such an event for the Food processing sector. It is said to be biggest ever congregation of global investors, companies, business delegations and CEOs of major food companies, as well as CEOs of all leading domestic food processing companies, and representatives of 28 States in India.

More than 800 global companies representing 22 Countries & domestic companies will be exhibiting. Government aims to attract $10 billion investment in food processing sector and to generate 1 million jobs in the next 3 years in India.

WFI 2017 aims to provide platform to strengthen India’s position as Global Food Factory and is positive step towards making Country Food Secure. Special focus is given on Farmer Producer Organizations & Women Entrepreneurs to connect them to corporates for increasing opportunities for sourcing & business.

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