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MoFPI seeks state govts’ support to bolster food processing

Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have formulated their individual food processing policies

In a couple of recent developments, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has urged state governments to extend necessary cooperation in order to raise the level of food processing and boost production.

 
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Dr Charan Das Mahant informed that MoFPI is encouraging state governments to frame food processing policies in order to create rural infrastructure, raise level of food processing and generate farm level employment. The policies would also create an enabling environment by taking into consideration the requirements of the states.
 
The minister further said that states such as Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have already formulated their individual food processing policies. Besides, in states such as Punjab, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Odisha, food processing policy is an integral part of the industrial policy, said Dr Mahant.
 
Cooperative Acts
 
Meanwhile, addressing the National Conference on Cooperatives recently, Sharad Pawar, minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries urged the state governments to amend their Cooperative Acts to ensure compliance with the 97th Constitution (Amendment) Act.
 
In his press statement, Mr Pawar pointed out that the cooperatives have made a major contribution in achieving the record food grain production of about 250 million tonnes in the last financial year. He said that cooperative system can be a major driver of growth for India’s agriculture and allied sector.
 
At the same conference, India’s former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in his address suggested some possible cooperative structures in the rural sectors that can improve production of food grains, pulses, vegetables, fruits and floriculture products and enable the farmer to widen his earning capacity.
 
With theMoFPI taking up issues faced by food processing players, future prospects of the industry certainly looks promising.
 
Prasenjit Das

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