India opens its first Food Museum in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Union Minister for Commerce, Industry, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal virtually launched India’s first Food Museum at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. At the virtual ceremony, he said measures were on to elevate the country into a higher rank from currently being the fifth largest agricultural exporter in the world.

Highlighting the importance of focusing on quality and productivity in taking the farmers’ produce to the world to become a global supplier, the Minister said “we are already the 5th largest agricultural exporter in the world and we are aspiring for more.” “By adopting global best practices, we will improve our processes, bring about system changes, reduce our unnecessary expenditure and benefit our farmers and consumers,” Goyal said after launching the museum virtually from Delhi.

“Tamil Nadu will now be home to the agricultural history of India. Thanjavur is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. Now it will be home to the agricultural history of India,” he said.

The Food Security Museum showcases India’s agri revolution from dependency to self-sufficiency. “There was a time when we used to import wheat, today we are one of the largest exporters of agri products,” the Minister said and congratulated the FCI team for the inaugural of the new divisional office building at Hubballi.

During the pandemic, the farmers and FCI were able to provide food to all. From food security, the nation has progressed to farmer security and consumer security. “We are all working on a mission for a strong India and strong and self-reliant farmers. I am sure with our collective efforts, our contribution to doubling farmers’ income and ensuring agricultural progress will bear fruit,” he said. The Prime Minister is working towards doubling the farmers’ income and feed not only India but also the deprived sections of the world, Goyal said and complimented all those who played a role in providing free food grains to the needy through the PMGKAY during COVID-19.

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