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Udaipur, the city of lakes is blessed with var­i­ous sorts of fruits, veg­eta­bles, and other agro●prod­ucts, and has the po­ten­tial to be a sun­rise zone for food pro­cess­ing and other agri●busi­nesses. Rajasthan with its rich in­dus­trial base, sup­ported by its vast re­source base has po­si­tioned it­self as an ideal in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion. It is a state with 10 agro cli­matic zones and a di­verse port­fo­lio of prod­ucts. Rajasthan's econ­omy is pri­mar­ily agri­cul­tural and ru­ral. Agri­cul­ture con­trib­utes 16% of gross value added in the state. The diver­sity of land, soil and cli­mate makes the State dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent in In­dia. Rajasthan has huge po­ten­tial to be the In­dia's ma­jor food pro­cess­ing hub.

There are im­mense op­por­tu­ni­ties present in food pro­cess­ing in the re­gion. It is ob­served that sim­ple value ad­di­tion like clean­ing, sort­ing and pack­ag­ing can in­crease the in­come of farm­ers. Apart from pro­vid­ing vi­tal con­nec­tion be­tween in­dus­try and agri­cul­ture it cre­ates link­age be­tween the two and has po­ten­tial for pro­vid­ing jobs in far flung ar­eas of In­dia.

Rajasthan is rel­a­tively clean and has non-pol­luted at­mos­phere. It also en­joys a rare diver­sity of flora and fauna.

Rajasthan has a suit­able cli­mate for com­pre­hen­sive agri­cul­tural and hor­ti­cul­tural prod­ucts. It pro­duces large va­ri­eties of ce­re­als, fruits, veg­eta­bles and spices. Agri­cul­ture is an im­por­tant el­e­ment of Rajasthan's econ­omy as it serves as the main liveli­hood for most of the peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas. Small scale in­dus­tries & agro en­trepreneurs are un­der­go­ing ex­pan­sion in Udaipur, Rajasthan. How­ever, scarcity of min­eral re­sources is a hin­drance in their de­vel­op­ment. Other fac­tors that con­trib­ute to the econ­omy of Rajasthan are tourism, hor­ti­cul­ture, fish­eries, min­ing, forestry, pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries. The State Govern­ment is em­pha­siz­ing on up­grad­ing the hor­ti­cul­ture, agri­cul­ture, live­stock and fish­eries.

Wi th this back­ground, ASSOCHAM or­ga­nized a Con­fer­ence on 'Food Pro­cess­ing & Prad­han Mantri Kisan Sampada Yo­jana' in Udaipur, Rajasthan on April 18, 2018.

Mr. Shekhawat in his ad­dress dis­cussed about the de­vel­op­ment of in­dus­tries in South­ern Rajasthan and es­pe­cially in Udaipur. He high­lighted that food wastage is a huge prob­lem in the coun­try; there­fore proper mea­sures should be taken to ad­dress this is­sue. He em­pha­sized on PM's mis­sion of dou­bling the farm­ers' in­come by 2022and said that there must be de­vel­op­ment of agro re­lated in­dus­tries & food pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries in or­der to achieve this mis­sion. He said that there are am­ple of op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in Udaipur re­lated to food pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries, and en­cour­aged youths to es­tab­lish ven­tures in this in­dus­try. Estab­lish­ment of agro-based in­dus­tries will en­able huge em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for farm­ers in Rajasthan.

Mr. Ra­j­pal Singh Shekhawat, Hon'ble Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Govern­ment of Rajasthan light­ing the in­au­gu­ral lamp. Also am seen Or. S Tyagi, Sr. Di­rec­tor, ASSOCHAM, Mr. Han­sraj Chaud­hary, Pres­i­dent, UCCI, Mr. Parag Gupta, Joint Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Food...

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