MALAPPURAM: District panchayat president Arimbra Mohammed has said that the future of Malappuram district, which is backward in industrial and educational sectors, lies in the hands of expatriates.
Inaugurating a five-day workshop as part of a Pravasi Investor Meet being held here on Wednesday, Mr. Mohammed called upon the expatriates to ensure their investment in food processing and agriculture related sectors.
The investor meet is being held under the joint auspices of the District Industries Centre, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and the district panchayat.
District panchayat vice-president P.K. Kunhu presided over the function. District panchayat development standing committee chairman Umer Arakkal welcomed the gathering.
District Industries Centre general manager M. Abdul Majeed delivered the keynote address. District panchayat welfare standing committee chairman Kurukoli Moideen, education standing committee chairman Salim Kuruvambalam, councillor P. Salma, Nabard’s assistant general manager P. Gopinath and district panchayat secretary K. Vijayan addressed the investors.
Nearly 90 expatriate investors are taking part in the workshop. Experts from various agencies, including Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore, Kerala Agricultural University and Spices Board, will lead different technical sessions at the workshop.