SHILLONG, Dec 4 - With a focus on creating a global market for agri food products of Meghalaya and other North Eastern States, the three-day North East Food Innovation Exhibition, organised by the State Government and Salon International de l’Agrolimentaire (SIAL), began here today. The aim of the exhibition is to provide a platform to the agro and food processing industry of the region.
The objective is to tap national and global markets and to invite intellectual, technological and financial investors to the State and the region.
Besides introducing the region’s buyers, entrepreneurs and markets to innovative food products, latest technologies and global best practices, the exhibition also provides a platform to highlight the unique cuisines and ingredients of the North East.
The highlights of the first day of the exhibition included conferences where resource persons deliberated on the topics like ‘Issues of Food Processing in North East’ and ‘Preservation and Bunch Cutting of Banana’.
Inaugurating the exhibition, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “North East has a great potential, and farmers and entrepreneurs are doing so well, but there is a missing link somewhere and that is why it is important to have such a food festival in the region.”
He added that the festival would bring together farmers, technology providers, entrepreneurs, buyers, chefs, hotels and all stakeholders in the food industry under a single platform.