Transforming The Food Economy
3-5 November, 2017 | Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India

Invest to grow

Business-friendly policies, key government reforms, and fiscal incentives make India one of the world's most attractive investment destinations.

India is the largest producer of several agricultural commodities, and is ranked second in total food production, globally. The annual growth rate of the food processing sector is more than 7% and the online food delivery industry grew by 150% year on year in 2016.

With the largest diversified production base, India offers numerous opportunities that can be capitalized along the food value chain. Expect to grow with India's flourishing economy, large workforce, strategic location, and the ease of doing business here.

Supportive Policies

Doing Business in India:

Sourcing of Raw Materials :

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI):

  • 100% FDI through automatic route in food processing.
  • 100% FDI in food retail for food products manufactured/produced in India.


  • Food processing units can avail preferential rates under priority sector lending.
  • A special fund of Rs.2,000 crore (US$ 300 million) with NABARD for designated food parks and processing units.

Proactive Investment Policies:

  • Attractive investment policies across various states of India.

Regulatory Reforms:

  • Food safety standards harmonized with international standards.

Fiscal Incentives


Facilitating Investment


Sectoral Opportunities


India is the largest global producer of milk with a expected CAGR of 13-15% in the coming years.

  • Opportunity: Technology, automation, integration in the dairy segment. Read more

Fruits & Vegetables

India is the world's second largest producer of fruits and vegetables

  • Opportunity: The current processing level is less than 2%, offering immense scope for investments. Read more

Cereals and Grains

India is the world's second largest producer of rice and wheat and the largest exporter of cereal products

  • Opportunity: Upgradation of milling technology, automation, integration, fortification.


India is the world's second largest producer of fish

  • Opportunity: Processing levels are low and hence there are huge opportunities in cold chain, export, packaging innovations, product differentiation. Read more


India is the world's third largest producer of eggs and the fifth largest producer of meat

  • Opportunity: Aligning with the changing consumer habits towards processed, cleaned and frozen meat and poultry products. Read more


The share of food retail in India's total retail market is about 70% (or about US$ 380-390 Billion). It accounts for approximately 10% of GDP and 8% in total employment, and growth in retail is about 7.5%.

  • Opportunity: Development of organized retail, as food retail is largely unorganized. E-commerce is also a fast-growing segment.

Cold chain:

101 new integrated cold chain projects have been recently sanctioned by the Government of India.

  • Opportunity: This presents a huge opportunity for equipment and technology suppliers. The existing gap for reefers, pack houses, and ripening chambers are worth exploring and investing. Read more
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