TRANSFORMING FOOD ECON MY
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...