August 25, 2015

25/08/2015: India: Challenges facing the milling industry

First published in Milling and Grain, May 2015

Today, India is facing many challenges in terms of the growth and advancement of the milling industry. As the industry grows, trade shows are becoming one venue where these challenges can be addressed and discussed. GrainTech India has become India’s largest event, and in this report the organisers discuss how the event can help the industry. 

Indian agriculture is now going through critical times. On the one hand, relying on the strength of Green Revolution strategy and having emerged as an exporter of grains and food products, the government is keen to enact a food security law to ensure availability of food grains to every individual in the country. On the other hand, the weaknesses in the implementation of the strategy are showing up in a glaring manner. One such instance is the huge losses of procured food grains for want of proper storage facilities.
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The need for an effective supply chain

The need of the hour is to increase productivity of grains and build an effective supply chain to ensure what is produced in the farm reaches the consumer in good shape. In fact, what is imperative is to plug every loophole in the food production and distribution system, which means use of effective available technology and building of modern storages is required.

As per trade sources, India wastes food grains worth over 58,000 rupees every year because of weaknesses in storage system and techniques and deficiencies in supply chain. This colossal loss of grains is unfit for human consumption. It is unfortunate in a country where a sizeable section of the population goes to bed hungry.

Looking towards new and better technology
India has over 5000 Rice mills, 1000 Flour milling plants, 200 Soybean plants, 2000 Spices crushing plant, 1500 Pulses mills, 2000 Oilseeds crushing units, 1000 Feed Units, 100 Bio-fuel and energy projects, 1000 Coffee plants etc., looking for new and better technology to upgrade their manufacturing, processing, packaging line. “GrainTech India 2015” will seek to reduce the technology gap in processing as well as in the supply chain.

Domestic and export targets
To feed increasing domestic demand and also to achieve the export targets of food products, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Food Processing Industry and Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the Ministry of Commerce are investing a substantial share of the budget for promoting technological up-gradation and value addition in all segments of Rice, Wheat, Pulses, Oilseeds, Spices, Dairy and Feed and all other food sectors. The event will join hands with the government to support its efforts.
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The last edition of GrainTech India 2014 had the participation from over 28 countries around the world such as Turkey, Poland, France, Italy, UK, China, USA, Holland, Spain, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand, Israel, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, Russia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Oman, Iran, India, Brazil and UAE etc., displaying their comprehensive range of products and technologies in the grain industry. This year we are expecting more countries to come to India for technological interactions with their counter parts and tap the huge potential of Indian market.

The 7th India Foodex 2015, an international exhibition on food products, processing and packaging machinery and allied Industries and India food park expo 2015 introduced for the first time focusing on numerous food products, technologies, minimising food wastage, value addition and cold chain will be the concurrent Show.    

GrainTech India: India’s largest grain milling industry event
Major technology suppliers from Turkey, USA, China, Germany, Italy, and India reserve their pavilions

The 6th edition of GrainTech India 2015, widely acknowledged as India’s largest International exhibition on grains, cereals, spices, oil seeds, feeds, products and technologies is to be held from 21st to 23rd August 2015 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bangalore, India.

GrainTech India has strong support from prominent Indian agri and food organisations, adding the strength and value to the event. Among the numerous organisations supporting the exhibition are The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India, All India Food Processors’ Association, Coffee Board, Roller Flour Millers’ Federation of India, Spices Board India, The Soyabean Processors’ Association of India, All India Rice Exporters’ Association, Indian Oilseeds and Produce Export Promotion Council, CLFMA of India and Indian Biscuits Manufacturers’ Association.   

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