Published On : Mon, Nov 14th, 2016

Seminar on “Opportunities for SMEs in Food Processing Sector” on November 26, 2016


Nagpur: Agro & Rural Development Forum of Vidarbha Industries Association has joined hands with Grant Thornton India LLP is organizing a full day Seminar on “Opportunities for SMEs in Food Processing Sector” on Wednesday, November 26, 2016 from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm at Chitnavis Centre, Temple Road, Civil Lines, Nagpur. Keeping in tune with the “Make in India” initiative by Government of India, the Ministry of Food Processing has been undertaking various steps that have created abundant opportunities in the sector.

The objective of the seminar is to communicate to the SMEs in the Vidarbha region, the immense potential / opportunities emerging in the Food Processing sector. Vidarbha is forerunner in the field of production of food grains, horticulture, milk, etc. in the country. Cotton, Pulses, Soyabean, Wheat, Rice in food grains crops and Oranges and other various horticultural crops are being produced in large scale in the region. Bulk of the fruits and vegetables, food grains, pulses and milk produced in the region is consumed fresh without processing. Vidarbha has immense opportunities for development, investment and employment generation in the field of food processing. The diversified and suitable agro-climatic conditions are capable of making available the enormous opportunities for raising the produce in geometrical progression and value addition to production for establishing a profitable venture.

The seminar is designed to be highly interactive and will delve upon the various facets of setting up of food processing unit. All queries and doubts put forth by SMEs will be answered in complete detail. The event also provides opportunity for Food Processors, Technology Suppliers, Consultants and Service Providers to exhibit their products or services.

The eminent speakers will make presentations in the sessions are “Opportunities in Grain Processing” & “Opportunities in Spices Processing” by Ashish Kale, Buhler India Pvt. Ltd. (Head, West & Central Zone), Session II: “Opportunities in Dairy Processing”. Session IV : “Opportunities in Horticulture Produce Processing” by Vijay Sachdeva, Food Technologist, Key Expert, Grant Thornton India LLP. Session V: “Opportunities in Convenience Foods (Ready to Eat/Drink/Serve)”. Session VI: “Opportunities in Food Packaging” by K Ravi, Managing Director and Sunil Saha, GM- Domestic Sales, Hassia Packaging Pvt. Ltd. Session VII: “Other exciting opportunities in Food Processing” by Chettan Bhakkad and Anand Tendulkar, Grant Thornton India LLP. Session VIII: “Schemes of Assistance for Agro/Food Processing Industries” by V Padmanand, Director, Grant Thornton India LLP. Session IX : Success Stories and open discussion on building Ecosystem for Food Processing start-ups in Vidarbha: Session led by Arun Khobragade, Sr Member, VIA.

Major Takeaways from the Seminar are Exposure to various Food Processing Opportunities, Exhibition space: An opportunity to promote your products and/or services, Success Stories of some entrepreneurs, Knowledge sharing on key Schemes of Government’s assistance in the sector to be followed by Networking.

For registration and details contact Amogh Tijare 9561061991, Pankaj Bhokare 9998559288 VIA : 0712 2554090 Email :

The seminar is beneficial for Entrepreneurs wanting to set-up food processing industry, Food Processing unit owners in search of opportunities for expansion or diversification, Agri/Food Processing Consultants, Food Processing experts, Start-up Consultants, Service Providers, etc, says a joint press note issued by Om Jajodia, Chairman – VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum & Suhas Buddhe, Secretary – VIA.