March 30, 2017 09:23 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, March 30: The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control is organizing a two-day food expo at the Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hall in Kathmandu from Friday.
According to the organizers, the expo aims at promoting high-protein food products produced in Nepal. The expo will showcase food items produced in different parts of the country. There will be a total of 80 stalls, the organizers said.
“While 15 stalls will showcase delicacies of different castes, 20 stalls will provide information about different food. There will also be stalls showcasing food products manufactured by different factories, and equipment, chemicals and machineries used in food processing,” Purna Chandra Wasti, spokesperson for the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC), said.
The organizers are hopeful that the expo will make people realize the importance of quality food. “Today, many people are consuming junk foods. People visiting the expo will realize the real value of quality and high-protein food,” Wasti added.
DFTQC had organized similar expos in Okhaldhunga, Sindhuli, Lamjung and Kathmandu in the last fiscal year. It has already organized such expos in Biratnagar, Hetauda, Gaidakot, Nepalgunj and Kailali in the current fiscal year.
“Youngsters studying food technology and hotel management, along with general visitors, are expected to participate in the expo,” Wasti said. “Farmers are discouraged by low consumption of nutritious crops like buckwheat and millet, among others. The expo also aims at encouraging visitors to consume nutritious food. It will also help farmers.”