Women of India Festival 2016 at Dilli Haat, INA Gives Boost to Organic Products From Across India Exhibition is on from October 14th - 23rd

New Delhi's Dilli Haat, INA has become 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 Festival 2016 - Organic Products', celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs from across India for the second time in a row.

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New Delhi, Delhi, October 20, 2016 /India PRwire/ --

New Delhi's Dilli Haat, INA has become 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 Festival 2016 - Organic Products', celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs from across India for the second time in a row. Participants from the remotest parts of the country took 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. The Women of India Festival 2016 was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi on 14th October, 2016 at Dilli Haat, INA.

The main aim of the Festival 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". The Women of India Festival of Organic Products is also 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 to avoid diseases due to chemical use among our people." 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 responsible for 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.

Until the 23rd of October, people will also get the opportunity to taste a variety of home-cooked and organic food at Dilli Haat.

The 'Women of India Festival 2016 - Organic Products', selling organic produce has tens of thousands of people thronging to Dilli Haat each day. Over 400 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, have come 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, sikki grass art & crafts, handicrafts made of recycled scrap, sea shells, papier mache products, ready to eat snacks, water hyacinth craft, cowdung air purifier, jute craft, jackfruit products, wild edible forest products, agarbatti, loban and other bio products.

The Women of India Festival of Organic Products, 2016 has 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, Telangana, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Kashmir, Telangana, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. Apart from rural women who are selling organic food produce, participants such as Nourish Organic, The Altitude Store, Dew Drops, Organic World, Inhere Aajivika Utthan Samiti, Sonal WhiteCub Vegan Ice Creams, Aura Herbal Textiles, ASAL, Pro Nature Organics, Eco Green Unit, Sutra Pure Ayurveda, Avani, are some of the participants who have added further value with their vast lifestyle range. The exhibition has more than 220 stalls selling organic produce.

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