Srinagar, June 07: For the first time in Kashmir, Industrialists, manufacturers of bakery, cold chain and food processing machinery from different parts of the country participated in a three-day exhibition which was inaugurated by the Divisional Commissioner P K Pole on Tuesday.
The three-day exhibition was inaugurated by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole who was joined by the president Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) Sheikh Ashiq, organizers and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Asif Masoodi.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole on the occasion while speaking to the media said that the event is an opportunity for the stakeholders associated with Bakery, confectionary, food processing and cold chain to directly interact with the machine manufactures who come to exhibit their machinery.
“The exhibition may be first, in nature in the valley, but the purpose of the exhibitions is to create awareness and today’s three-day exhibition is an opportunity for the stakeholders associated with baker and confectionery to see the required machines physically in front of them”, P K Pole said.
According to the organisers, around 50 stalls have been installed in which industrialists manufacturing the various machines for Bakery, confectionary and cold chains will be displaying their machines directly with the buyers.
“For the first time in Kashmir a three-day exhibition on bakery machinery, food processing, dairy & ice cream, beverages, spices, commercial kitchen equipment, food and hospitality is being held in which manufacturers of bakery, cold chains and food processing machinery from various parts of the country are participating”, said a member from organizing committee.
On the occasion BJP leader Asif Masoodi who was among the guests in his address congratulated the organizers of the exhibition for holding the three-day fair.
Speaking to the Media, Masoodi said that he is happy on seeing the fest, as that will give an opportunity to the bakers of the valley to interact directly with the machine manufacturing units without any interference, but said that due to the non-availability of ground the event was held on a private piece of land.
“It gives me happiness to see this kind of event happening here, at least a baker or a food processing unit holder would not have to travel out of J&K to purchase the machines, as they are on display here with live demo”, Masoodi said.
President KCC&I Sheikh Ashiq on the occasion while speaking to the media said that it is a welcome step if the manufacturers are coming in direct contact with the buyers.
“Stakeholders associated with Food processing and Bakery production can have a first-hand physical view of machinery of their requirements in the expo as many machines are on display”, he said.
Umar Mukhtar President of the Kashmir bakers and confectioners’ association while speaking to the Rising Kashmir said that he is rejoiced to see the event happening which has been in pipeline since the year 2018.
“There have been a lot of efforts from organizers to hold this trade fair, from the year 2018 this was being discussed but due to various reasons was getting delayed. And today during the exhibition a buyer can book a machine directly with the manufacturer”, he said.