Showcasing the country’s entire organic diversity, BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC concluded its seventh edition successfully and for the second time in Kochi, Kerala.
The three-day event from 5-7 November witnessed an overwhelming response from 3,345 trade visitors, including over 80 international delegates, said Nuernbergmesse India Pvt. Ltd.
BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC welcomed 175 exhibitors comprised of five distinct components – Exhibition, International Conference, Buyer-Seller-Meetings, Organic Food Court, and Consumer Connect initiative.
Ms. Sonia Prashar, managing director, NuernbergMesse India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Kerala is an ideal destination. We were impressed with the response of the state government and the farm clusters last year. In India, organic products are assuming increasing significance. Since the majority of the population is actively involved in agriculture, the sector is enjoying constant growth.
“At present in Kerala, an absolute organic revolution is taking place. The state is promoting organic farming at the grassroot level in a phased manner. Without any doubt, BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC fitted in so wonderfully with Kochi and offered an optimal networking platform for not only organic players, but also the end-consumers.”
Mr. Manoj Kumar Menon, executive director ICCOA, said: “Since its premiere in 2009, the event has always been successful. It repeatedly focuses on the important organic theme and offers its stakeholders an opportunity for good business and fruitful contacts”. There were 273 business appointments at the show, with buyers coming from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.
“Trade shows always offer a place to learn something new,” said Jerry Zeifman of Organic Traditions, the brand of Canadian importer and distributor Advantage Health Matters. “The event is not of the scale of the show in Nuremberg, but it provided me an opportunity to learn more about Ayurvedic herbs and to connect with direct growers and producers.” Mr. Zeifman was looking for spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and holy basil. “I had suppliers before the trip, but attending BIOFACH India allowed me to make new contacts, spend a few extra days in the country and visit the farms.”
The International Competence Centre of Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) organized a two-day conference based on the theme of “Sustainability Development Goals through Organics”. The conference hosted 22 speakers from India and abroad and 149 delegates.
The seventh edition of BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC witnessed increased participation over last year, indicating that the organic movement is vibrant and growing steadily. In 2016, the event will be on November 10-12 in Delhi – NCR. For further information, look up www.biofach-india.com.