Con­fer­ence on Star­tups and MSMEs in Food Pro­cess­ings

Septem­ber 12, 2018 Ho­tel Re­gency, Aizawl, Mi­zo­ram

Assocham Bulletin - - INDUSTRY -

The Food Pro­cess­ing sec­tor in In­dia is one of the largest in terms of pro­duc­tion, con­sump­tion, ex­port and growth prospects. Apart from pro­vid­ing vi­tal link­ages be­tween in­dus­try and agri­cul­ture it cre­ates syn­ergy be­tween the two and has po­ten­tial for pro­vid­ing jobs in far flung ar­eas of In­dia.

Mi­zo­ram, the state of In­dia's north-east­ern re­gion (NER) is en­dowed 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. 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 in­come of farm­ers.

Agri­cul­ture forms a pri­mary s ctor of the econ­omy of Mi­zo­ram. More than 55% of the state's to­tal work­force is de­pen­dent on agri­cul­ture for their sub­sis­tence. Food pro­cess­ing in­dus­try es­pe­cially agro-hor­ti­cul­tural base has been iden­ti­fied as a thrust area of devel­op­ment. In fact, dur­ing the last decade, the State has recorded im­pres­sive growth rates. The State has good agro­cli­matic con­di­tions, suit­able for a large va­ri­ety of Agro/ Horti. crops. Most of the indige­nous lo­cal in­hab­i­tants of the state are en­gaged in the tra­di­tional oc­cu­pa­tion of cul­ti­vat­ing fruits, and veg­eta­bles. Fruits and veg­eta­bles, like Jack­fruit, Or­ange, Pineap­ple, Ba­nana, Litchi, Lemon, Kharif Veg­eta­bles, Patato, Rabi Veg­eta­bles, Cashewnut, Co­conut, Are­canut, Turmeric, Gin­ger, and Chilly have good mar­ket­ing scope in this re­gion if prop­erly har­vested, pro­cessed and pack­aged. Fruits have grown to be­come the sec­ond largest cat­e­gory, fol­lowed by condi­ments and spices.

In hor­ti­cul­ture and flori­cul­ture, Mi­zo­ram is a sig­nif­i­cant pro­ducer and global ex­porter of An­thurium (over 7 mil­lion a year) and roses. It is also a sig­nif­i­cant pro­ducer and do­mes­tic sup­plier of ba­nana, gin­ger, turmeric, pas­sion fruit, or­ange and chow­chow.

There is a sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness op­por­tu­nity in pro­cess­ing of fresh fruits, veg­eta­bles, medic­i­nal and aro­matic plants, spices and herbs. Be­sides fa­cil­i­ties have to be created for pri­mary pro­cess­ing and sec­ondary pro­cess­ing in the re­gion by in­fu­sion of proper tech­nol­ogy. Proper mar­ket­ing link­ages be­tween farm­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers have to be es­tab­lished, so also tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port. Agro-based econ­omy has failed to flour­ish as it should due to lim­ited uti­liza­tion of tech­no­log­i­cal and in­no­va­tion.

There­fore, it is in­her­ent to de­velop food pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries in the re­gion to uti­lize its vast po­ten­tial of raw hor­ti­cul­tural pro­duce. Gov­ern­ment of In­dia is try­ing hard to bring change in the area through its var­i­ous fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance schemes through var­i­ous Min­istries and State Gov­ern­ments. Some of the Union Gov­ern­ment Min­istries

and de­part­ments hav­ing pro­cessed food re­lated schemes in the North East re­gion are MoFPI, MSME, DoNER, QCI, NHB, SFAC, NERAMAC, APEDA, NABARD, etc. There is a lack of aware­ness about schemes among agro com­modi­ties pro­duc­ing groups and the prospec­tive en­trepreneurs. There is also lack of proper hand hold­ing for the per­spec­tive en­trepreneurs. Per­haps this is one of the main rea­sons be­hind the low level of devel­op­ment of Food In­dus­tries in the North East re­gion.

With this back­ground, ASSOCHAMin as­so­ci­a­tion with Min­istry of Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries, GoI, Mi­zo­ram Univer­sity, Mi­zo­ram or­ga­nized a Con­fer­ence on "Star­tups and MSMEs in Food Pro­cess­ing" on Septem­ber 12,2018at Ho­tel Re­gency, Aizawl, Mi­zo­ram.

The pro­gram was in­au­gu­rated by Mr. Kum­manam Ra­jasekha­ran, Hon'ble Gov­er­nor for Mi­zo­ram. Other dig­ni­taries present in the In­au­gu­ral Ses­sion were Mr. KR.S Sam­ba­siva Rao, Hon'ble Vice Chan­cel­lor, Mi­zo­ram Univer­sity, Dr. K P. Chaud­hary, (Se­nior Sci­en­tist and Head), Kr­ishi Vi­gyan Kendra, Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Sci­ences and An­i­mal Hus­bandry, Cen­tral Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity, Mr. R K Sri­vas­tava, Gen­eral Man­ager, NABARD, Mi­zo­ram, Mr. Chetan Vij, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor, ASSOCHAM, Dr T.K Hazarika, Head, De­part­ment of Hor­ti­cul­ture, Aro­matic and Medic­i­nal Plants (HAMP), Mi­zo­ram Univer­sity.

There was par­tic­i­pa­tion ofabout 100 var­i­ous stake­hold­ers from Pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor banks, tech­nol­ogy providers, farm­ers pro­duc­ers or­ga­ni­za­tions, en­trepreneurs, self-help groups, re­tails com­pa­nies, food pro­cess­ing units etc.

The event was sup­ported by Min­istry of Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries, GoI, Gov­ern­ment of Mi­zo­ram, Mi­zo­ram Univer­sity, & NABARD, SIDBI,SBIetc.

The Event was well cov­ered by print, elec­tronic and on­line me­dia.

Mr. Kum­manam Ra­jasekha­ran, Hon'ble Gov­er­nor for Mi­zo­ram, stands dur­ing the Na­tional an­them and in­au­gu­rate the Con­fer­ence on "Star­tups and MSMEs in Food Pro­cess­ings" held in Ho­tel Re­gency, Aizawl, Mi­zo­ram on Septem­ber 12, 2018.R-L: Prof. K.R.S Sam­ba­siva Rao, Hon'ble Vice Chan­cel­lor, Mi­zo­ram Univer­sity, Mr. Kum­manam Ra­jasekha­ran, Hon'ble Gov­er­nor for Mi­zo­ram, Dr. K P Chaud­hary, (Sr. Sci­en­tist and Head), Kr­ishi Vi­gyan Kendra, Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Science and An­i­mal Hus­bandary, Cen­tral Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity Mr. R.K Sri­vas­tava, Gen­eral Man­ager, NABARD, Mi­zo­ramMr. Chetan Vij, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor, ASSOCHAM

Ad­dress by Mr. Kum­manam Ra­jasekha­ran, Hon'ble Gov­er­nor for Mi­zo­ram giv­ing In­au­gu­ral ad­dress in ASSOCHAMs Con­fer­ence on "Star­tups and MSMEs in Food Pro­cess­ings" held in Ho­tel Re­gency, Aizawl, Mi­zo­ram on Septem­ber 12, 2018R-L: Dr lK Hazarika, Head, De­part­ment of Hor­ti­cul­ture, Aro­matic and Medic­i­nal Plants (HAMP), Mi­zo­ram Univer­sity.Prof. K.R.S Sam­ba­siva Rao, Hon'ble Vice Chan­cel­lor, Mi­zo­ram Univer­sity

Mr. Kum­manam Ra­jasekha­ran, Hon'ble Gov­er­nor for Mi­zo­ram, light­ing the lamp and in­au­gu­rat­ing the Con­fer­ence on "Star­tups and MSMEs in Food Pro­cess­ings" held in Ho­tel Re­gency, Aizawl, Mi­zo­ram on Septem­ber 12, 2018

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