The Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal has said that her Ministry shall soon put in place the National Food Processing Policy that shall become a mechanism for development of entire food processing sector in India
In a meeting of the National Food Processing Development Council (NFPDC) held under the Chairmanship of Minister Food Processing Industries, Badal also called upon all the stakeholders to be a part of the National Initiative in framing the National Food Processing Policy.
The Minister further added that Food Processing sector shall soon witness a positive changes and that the sector in fact needs transition from License regime to registration regime so that government clearances do not hold up the growth of the sector. She asked all states to ensure that food processing projects are cleared within the stipulated time frame. She hailed the initiatives taken by various states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Punjab in the field of food processing.
Badal called upon all the States to ensure that a ‘single-window clearance system’ is brought in the entire country and asked States to be proactive towards food processing as this is the sector which has the potential to become growth engine of our agriculture.
The Minister also informed that a fund of Rs.2000 crores has already been set up under NABARD to make affordable credit available to the agro-processing units.
She also informed the members that Food Map is uploaded on the website of her Ministry, and States could further add regional and local information to the Food Map.
Regarding ‘Make in India’ initiative, the Minister opined that “Make in India growth story cannot be written without the chapter of Food Processing”.
The Minister discussed all the issues with the stakeholders and asked them to provide detailed notes of their suggestions also.