WIE 2015 promoting organic products
Organic products have become important in a time when chemical content in various products are.
The importance of organic products was acknowledged when the Women of India Exhibition 2015 was inaugurated by Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, and Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Minister Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, on Friday at Dilli Haat in the national Capital.
The theme of this year’s Exhibition is ‘Women and Organic Products’. For the first time in India, over 500 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, have come together with their organic products, such as tribal and ethnic foods, pickles and preserves, rice, pulses, spices, fabrics, dyes and dresses, cosmetics, household products, cereals, oils, honey, tea, hair care, bath care, beauty care, aromatherapy products, organic cotton fabric, linen, organic seeds and bio products.
The main aim of the exhibition is to support and encourage women and women-led groups that promote organic farming, thus supporting their local community’s economy, creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving in addition to spreading awareness about the benefits of organic products with the motto, “Eat Healthy, Live Healthy”.
Well known environmentalist and Women & Child rights champion, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women & Child Development explains the importance of making the shift to organic, “Organic foods have been proven to contain more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than similar foods produced with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives. Organic farming relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and organic methods of pest control”
The Exhibition becomes a platform to empower women entrepreneurs in a sustainable manner.
Besides organic products, people will also get an opportunity to taste a variety of home-cooked and organic food at Dilli Haat. Not only will this initiative benefit women entrepreneurs but also promote the healthier option of organic food and products for consumers in Delhi, as well as across the nation.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development aims to follow up this initiative with quarterly exhibitions in different cities so that participants get more frequent opportunities to reach their products to an ever expanding audience.
The exhibition has more than 250 stalls selling organic produce. During the Exhibition, entry for all visitors to Dilli Haat, INA, will be free.