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AAHAR 2023: Narendra Singh Tomar Endorses PBFIA's Dawn of a Plant-Based Conference in New Delhi

As Chief Guest, Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, graced and inaugurated the conference. While speaking to the audience, Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar emphasized the importance of plant-based food and assured that the Ministry of Agriculture will take this into account in future plans.

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Plant based foods are an important option to meet future needs
Plant based foods are an important option to meet future needs

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) co-hosted the "Dawn of a Plant-Based Age" Conference, which was organized by the Plant-Based Foods Industry Association (PBFIA) and Ph.D. Chamber, supported by Franchise India, powered by US-SOY, Ernst & Young (EY) as Knowledge Partner, Brenntag as Principal Sponsor, and endorsed by the Government of Canada.

He congratulated PBFIA and Sanjay Sethi, as well as the other partners, on the successful organisation of the conference. He also asked Dr. Sudhanshu to look into where the plant-based milk regulations are stuck. He also discussed regenerative agriculture, intercropping, and soybeans and millets.

Plant-based foods, such as plant-based meat, plant-based dairy, plant-based eggs, and plant-based seafood, are those that replace animal-based foods/ingredients. The conference was held on March 14th, the first day of AAHAR, in Hall No. 8, Pragati Maidan, and was attended by the industry's top minds.


Sanjay Sethi, Executive Director, PBFIA said, "India has the potential to become a major supplier of plant-based proteins globally, and the 'Dawn of a Plant-Based Age' conference is an important step towards realizing that potential by initiating dialogue on implementing the Bhiwadi Plant Protein Cluster, sourcing human-grade soybean (the most important ingredient of the industry), achieving the right flavours of plant-based meat, and attracting investors.”

“The plant-based dairy industry needs support on the nomenclature front to expand the market and enhance consumer awareness. We are very grateful to Minister Narendra Singh Tomar for showing his immense support for the plant-based movement and PBFIA. It was incredible to see so many experts and stakeholders in the first ever culmination of the present and future food industry to move towards a sustainable future for all," he added.

The event featured a report launch by PBFIA and Ernst & Young (EY), a session with Members of Parliament, around 11 sessions on various plant-based food topics, the launch of an India Accelerator Program by PBFIA and Brinc India, by Sanjay Sethi and Karan Keswani, tastings by 25+ plant-based foods brands, and the launch of the PBFIA Plant Based Pavilion.

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