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Shri Pashupati Kumar Paras Launches “SUFALAM” For Food Entrepreneurs

Union Minister of Food Processing Shri Pashupati Kumar Paras inaugurated “SUFALAM: Start-Up Forum for Aspiring Leaders and Mentors Startup Conclave 2024,” stressing the importance of such events in promoting networking, sharing knowledge, and aiding startups in accessing government schemes.

Government’s Commitment to Nurturing Entrepreneurship

  • Minister of State for Food Processing Ms. Shobha Karandlaje underscored the government’s commitment to nurturing entrepreneurship.
  • She emphasized the potential of the food processing sector in doubling farmers’ income and positioning India as a global leader in exports, innovation, and meeting global food demands.

Unlocking Opportunities for Micro-entrepreneurs and MSMEs

  • Smt. Anita Praveen, Secretary of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), highlighted the importance of registering all micro-entrepreneurs, self-help groups (SHGs), and MSMEs on the Start-Up India Portal.
  • She elaborated on the vast scope for processing and value addition of agricultural produce, considering India’s status as the largest producer of agri-produce.

Collaboration and Growth at SUFALAM Conclave

  • The event witnessed participation from over 250 industry stakeholders, startups, MSMEs, financial institutions, venture capitalists, and academia.
  • Spanning two days, the event comprised four knowledge sessions, two pitching sessions, and an exhibition.
  • The knowledge sessions were held in collaboration with various organizations, while the pitching sessions were conducted in partnership with industry giants.
  • A total of 35 exhibitors from across India participated in the event.

Transformative Potential of SUFALAM

  • The Startup Conclave for Food Processing Entrepreneurs holds the promise of being a transformative event, propelling the sector towards a future characterized by innovation, sustainability, and inclusive growth.
  • As startups converge to showcase their ingenuity and vision, the conclave stands as a beacon of hope, inspiring the next generation of food processing leaders to redefine the boundaries of possibility.

Events like SUFALAM serve as catalysts for growth, innovation, and collaboration in the food processing sector. By empowering startups and fostering a conducive ecosystem, the government and industry stakeholders are paving the way for a vibrant and resilient future in food processing.

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