Private investment to boost food sector: Min

Karnataka Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Dinesh Gundu Rao on Friday said that immense private investment would help in providing the much-needed funds needed to develop the burgeoning agriculture and food sector in the State.

Addressing delegates and exhibitors at the inauguration of the India Trade Promotion Organisation’s (ITPO) Aaahar — The International Food and Hospitality Fair here, the minister said, “A lot of funds are needed if we are to set up agricultural zones and agri-parks, apart from improving transportation, godowns and related infrastructure. In this regard, private investment would help provide those funds.”

“There should be a cohesive setup where private sector could invest in food processing and agriculture, for which the government would be able to help,” he added.

Aahar is being held at the Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization (KTPO) Complex, Whitefield, during September 6-8. It will house stalls from 94 exhibitors, across an area of 30,000 sq ft.

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