Min­istry of Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries

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The first Mega Food Park in the state of Ma­ha­rash­tra M/s Sa­tara Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. at Vil­lage De­gaon, Dis­trict Sa­tara was in­au­gu­rated to­day the 1st March, 2018 by Smt. Har­sim­rat Kaur Badal, Min­is­ter of Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries in the pres­ence of Shri Deven­dra Fad­navis, Chief Min­is­ter, of Ma­ha­rash­tra. This is the 12th Mega Food Park op­er­a­tional­ized in the coun­try so far and the 10th op­er­a­tional­ized dur­ing the ten­ure of present gov­ern­ment. On this oc­ca­sion Shri Sharad Pawar, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Shri Udayan­raje Bhon­sle, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Shri San­jay Patil Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Shri Shiven­draraje Bhosle , MLA, Shri Shashikant Shinde , MLA and Shri Han­mantrao Gaikawad , Chair­man , BVG group and other dig­ni­taries were present. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion the Min­is­ter said that un­der the vi­sion­ary guid­ance of Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi, Min­istry of Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries is fo­cus­ing on boost­ing the food pro­cess­ing in­dus­try so that agri­cul­ture sec­tor grows ex­po­nen­tially and be­come a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to dou­bling the farmer’s in­come and ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive of the gov­ern­ment. To give a ma­jor boost to the food pro­cess­ing sec­tor by adding value and re­duc­ing food wastage at each stage of the sup­ply chain with par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on per­ish­ables, Min­istry of Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries is im­ple­ment­ing Mega Food Park Scheme in the coun­try. Mega Food Parks cre­ate mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties for food pro­cess­ing along the value chain from farm to mar­ket with strong for­ward and back­ward link­ages through a clus­ter based ap­proach. Com­mon fa­cil­i­ties and en­abling in­fra­struc­ture is created at Cen­tral Pro­cess­ing Cen­tre and fa­cil­i­ties for pri­mary pro­cess­ing and stor­age is created near the farm in the form of Pri­mary Pro­cess­ing Cen­ters (PPCs) and Col­lec­tion Cen­ters (CCs). Un­der the Scheme, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance up to Rs. 50.00 Crore per Mega Food Park project. The Min­is­ter in­formed that the Mega Food Park will lever­age an ad­di­tional in­vest­ment of about Rs. 250 crore in 25-30 food pro­cess­ing units in the park and would even­tu­ally lead to an

turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore an­nu­ally. The Park will also pro­vide di­rect and in­di­rect em­ploy­ment to 5,000 per­sons and ben­e­fit about 25,000 farm­ers in the CPC and PPC catch­ment ar­eas. Smt. Badal also said that the present gov­ern­ment is fully com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that is smooth, trans­par­ent and easy for in­vestors want­ing to start an en­ter­prise in In­dia and in a bid to make In­dia a re­silient food econ­omy and the Food Fac­tory of the World, the gov­ern­ment has made Food Pro­cess­ing a ma­jor thrust area of ‘Make in In­dia’. The Min­is­ter said that food pro­cess­ing sec­tor will con­trib­ute im­mensely to­wards ‘Dou­bling Farm­ers in­come’ in the com­ing years and the Min­istry is work­ing tire­lessly to achiev­ing this goal through im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects un­der the flag­ship scheme of ‘Prad­han Mantri Kisan Sam­pada Yo­jana’. Smt. Har­sim­rat Kaur Badal thanked Chief Min­is­ter and the State Gov­ern­ment for the sup­port ex­tended by them in set­ting up the Mega Food Park. The Chief Min­is­ter of Ma­ha­rash­tra as­sured that this food park will be one of the best food pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries in the coun­try. Food Parks is need of the hour to make the agri­cul­ture sus­tain­able, he added. Goals and Roles A strong and dy­namic food pro­cess­ing sec­tor plays a vi­tal role in re­duc­tion in the wastage of per­ish­able agri­cul­tural pro­duce, en­hanc­ing shelf life of food prod­ucts, en­sur­ing value ad­di­tion to agri­cul­tural pro­duce, di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion & com­mer­cial­iza­tion of agri­cul­ture, gen­er­a­tion of em­ploy­ment, en­hanc­ing in­come of farm­ers and cre­at­ing sur­plus for the ex­port of agro & pro­cessed foods. In the era of eco­nomic lib­er­al­iza­tion, all seg­ments in­clud­ing; pri­vate, pub­lic and co­op­er­a­tive sec­tors have de­fined roles to play and the Min­istry pro­motes their ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion. The Min­istry of Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries has a clear goal of at­tain­ing these ob­jec­tives by fa­cil­i­tat­ing and act­ing as a cat­a­lyst to at­tract qual­ity in­vest­ments from within In­dia and abroad into this sec­tor with the aim of mak­ing food pro­cess­ing a na­tional ini­tia­tive. With this over­all ob­jec­tive, the Min­istry aims to: En­hance farmer's in­come by bet­ter uti­liza­tion and value ad­di­tion of agri­cul­tural pro­duce Min­i­mize wastage at all stages in the food pro­cess­ing chain by the de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture for stor­age, trans­porta­tion and pro­cess­ing of agro-food pro­duce; In­tro­duce of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy into the food pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries from both do­mes­tic and ex­ter­nal sources; En­cour­age R&D in food pro­cess­ing for prod­uct and process de­vel­op­ment and im­proved pack­ag­ing; Pro­vide pol­icy sup­port, and sup­port for cre­ation of In­fra­struc­ture, ca­pac­ity ex­pan­sion/ Up gra­da­tion and other sup­port­ive mea­sures form the growth of this sec­tors; Pro­mote ex­port of pro­cessed food prod­ucts. Roles of MOFPI The func­tions of the Min­istry can be broadly clas­si­fied un­der pol­icy sup­port and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties: Pol­icy Sup­port: For­mu­la­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of poli­cies for food pro­cess­ing sec­tor with over­all na­tional pri­or­i­ties and ob­jec­tives; Fa­cil­i­tat­ing cre­ation of a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for healthy growth of the food­pro­cess­ing sec­tor. De­vel­op­ment Ac­tiv­i­ties: Con­tin­ued em­pha­sis on cre­ation of World Class In­fra­struc­ture for growth of food pro­cess­ing sec­tor through Mega Food Parks, In­te­grated Cold Chain; and Mod­ern­iza­tion of Abat­toirs and also pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance un­der var­i­ous Plan Schemes to food pro­cess­ing sec­tor. Widen­ing the R & D base in food pro­cess­ing by in­volve­ment of var­i­ous R & D in­sti­tutes and sup­port­ing var­i­ous R & D ac­tiv­i­ties. Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment to meet the grow­ing re­quire­ment of man­agers, en­trepreneurs and skilled work­ers in the food pro­cess­ing in­dus­try. As­sis­tance for set­ting up an­a­lyt­i­cal and test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries and ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the lay­ing down of food stan­dards and their har­mo­niza­tion with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. Con­tinue in­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with in­dus­try, academia, sci­en­tists and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of State Gov­ern­ments for smoother and in­clu­sive growth of the sec­tor.

Har­sim­rat Kaur Badal, Min­is­ter for Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries

Naren­dra Modi Prime Min­is­ter

Deven­dra Fad­navis, Chief Min­is­ter of Ma­ha­rash­tra

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