Published On: Thu, Sep 1st, 2016

Organic Products From Across India to Sell at Women of India Exhibition 2016

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manekaaNew Delhi: From October 14-23, 2016, New Delhi’s Dilli Haat will be the hub of India’s biggest offering of organic products ranging from food, fabrics and furniture to wellness, personal care and solar products. Organised and sponsored by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development as an annual affair, the ‘Women of India Exhibition 2016 – Organic Products’, celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs from across India. Participants from the remotest parts of the country will have the opportunity to travel and stay in Delhi free of cost for the entire duration of the exhibition, while selling their unique wares in the capital.

Not only does this initiative benefit women entrepreneurs, but also actively promotes the healthier option of organic food and products. The Women of India Exhibition of Organic Products is intended to highlight the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provide a platform for women engaged in it and boost the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for producers of organic products from remote corners.

Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, who is also widely recognized as an environmentalist and animal activist explains the importance of making the shift to organic, “Organic foods have been proven to contain far 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 natural methods of pest control. Children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticide exposure. With the affordability factor coming into organic produce, we are making a concerted effort to make this alternative a popularly used one.” Organic plants and food crops have also been found to contain higher amounts of salicylic acid which fights bowel cancer and the hardening of arteries that leads to heart conditions, strokes and other ailments. Salicylic acid is produced naturally in plants to fight stress and disease, but pesticides inhibit the plant’s ability to produce salicylic acid.

Economically too, organic farming is preferable. Organic agriculture ultimately reduces cost of cultivation by 20-40% and increases the incomes of farmers by improving quality of production as well as the quality of soil. The income and savings of a farmer using exclusively organic methods in agriculture increases as there is no investment in costly pesticides and fertilizers. Organic options encourage consumers to adopt a healthier lifestyle and offer a means to protect the planet and its precious natural resources. Further, ongoing research indicates that wild plants, wild species, and birds are much more abundant around organic farms than around conventional farms.

Last year’s edition of ‘Women of India Exhibition’ selling organic produce had thousands of people thronging to Dilli Haat each day. For the first time in India, over 500 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, came together with their organic products, such as cereals, rice, pulses, spices, fabrics, dyes and dresses, cosmetics, household products, pickles, organic ice cream, preserves, oils, honey, tea, hair care, bath care, beauty care, aromatherapy products, solar products, kitchen composters, organic cotton fabric, linen, organic seeds and other bio products.

The Women of India Exhibition of Organic Products, 2016 will have producers and manufacturers of Organic Products from Delhi, NCR and the majority of Indian states including, West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Kashmir, Telangana, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. Apart from rural women who will sell organic food produce, participants such as Nourish Organic, The Altitude Store, Dew Drops, Organic World, Inhere Aajivika Utthan Samiti, Sonal WhiteCub, Aura Herbal Textiles, ASAL, Pro Nature Organics, Eco Green Unit, Sutra Pure Ayurveda, Avani, are some of the participants who will add further value with their vast lifestyle range.

The exhibition will have more than 220 stalls selling organic produce. During the Exhibition, entry for visitors to Dilli Haat, INA, will be free of cost.

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