Conference on Startups and MSMEs in Food Processings
September 12, 2018 Hotel Regency, Aizawl, Mizoram
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