Besides, 42 mega food parks, the Government to create another 100 small scale food parks where there will not be major financial and land related challenges. It would help the small entrepreneurs to establish their food processing units, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said in New Delhi Wednesday.
These food processing units will need a huge skilled workforce, and thus the government is focusing on creating a pool of skilled workforce under its Skill India programme, the Minister assured the industry.
Addressing the 4th International Conference & Exhibition – India Farm 2 Fork 2016, organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Minister further assured the industry that the government would do all possible to promote the food processing sector and further incentivise it so that the farmers’ produce and manufacturers’ hard work is equally rewarded.
“It was the Modi government that reduced significantly the taxation particularly its excise part on food processing industries from 10 percent to 6 percent and in future the government would take more initiatives so that this sector becomes vibrant and put on global map”, she added.
The Minister concluded her address hoping that industry and farmers would build a partnership that would be long lasting for the growth of food processing sector and reducing substantially the wastages on to it.
India needs extensive technological enhancement to become an export powerhouse in the food processing sector. In the country, agricultural produce worth Rs 100,000 crore gets wasted due to negligible processing and insufficient post harvest management infrastructure. The Government and the industry together need to minimise the waste for the economic growth of the country.