The main role of NERAMAC (North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation) is to purchase the marketable surplus of fruits and vegetables from the growers of the North Eastern India, to make necessary arrangement for its processing and marketing and to support farmers and producers through input supplies for better productivity under the aegis of Central Sector Schemes. NERAMAC has been employing 87 persons at present and its activities also lead to indirect employment which has not been enumerated.
NERAMAC has sponsored a Techno-Economic Feasibility Study to look at the feasibility for setting up collection and procurement Centres of agro-horticulture commodities viz. Pineapple, Orange, Ginger, Apple, Kiwi and Passion fruit in nine places viz. Diphu, Haflong, Krishnai (Assam), Bomdila, Roing (Arunachal Pradesh), Churachandpur (Manipur), Vairangte (Bhaga) in Mizoram, Nongpo and Phulbari (Meghalaya).
NERAMAC has associated with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India for development of food processing in the region apart from involving itself in Central Sector schemes like Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH). NERAMAC has also taken up assignment to co-ordinate and assist the Mission Directors in attracting investment, create awareness on food processing and to assist MoFPI in administering the National Mission on Food Processing in the North East. MoFPI has appointed NERAMAC as Project Management Agency (PMA) for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with MoFPI on 19.10.2012.
This was stated by Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North East Region in Rajya Sabha yesterday.