- Under the banner of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, MoFPI has started PMFME (PM Formalisation of Micro food Enterprises) scheme
- Ajay S Shriram, Chairman, CII Agro & Food Tech 2020, Chandrajit Banerjee, DG, CII, and Uday Kotak, president, CII, were all a part of the conference
- The Commerce Ministry has chalked out many ready-to-eat food products along with fruits and vegetables for export markets
THD Newsdesk, New Delhi: The Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Narendra Singh Tomar, has proclaimed that MoFPI has teamed up with the Commerce Ministry, on the branding of Indian food products. He mentioned that the Commerce Ministry has chalked out many ready-to-eat food products along with fruits and vegetables for export markets.
Tomar quoted that the Government is moving towards branding of food products and creation of a Market Development Board and he also added that food processing is one of the largest industrial sectors with its contribution of 32% in the total food market. This review was formed while Tomar virtually addressed the 14th edition of Agro and Food Tech seminar, hosted by the industry body CII.
As per the minister’s statement, India’s agriculture and rural economy are thriving and major steps are being implemented by the government for proper marketing and technological intervention. This is inclusive of the 3 farm Bills, that were recently passed by the government.
Pertaining to the initiatives of MoFPI, Tomar stated that under the banner of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, MoFPI has started PMFME (PM Formalisation of Micro food Enterprises) scheme with expenditures going up to Rs 20,000 crore. According to him, the government is focusing on the growth of the food processing sector as it has the potential to boost farmers’ overall earnings.
“MFP scheme is an important element of PMKSY whose objective is to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together the farmers, processors and retailers. As of now, 37 MFPs have been approved out of which 20 have begun operations,” the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, mentioned.
The virtual conference was attended by the CM of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, who invited the industries to invest in the food processing sector in the state. According to Yogi, Uttar Pradesh was one of the major producers of horticultural crops and food grains in India, which catered as the key base for the food processing industry.
Yogi’s government has also listed out a new policy for the farmer producers’ organisations and the state government is ardently promoting the scheme of ‘One District One Product’. Under the ODOP segment, agricultural produce from various districts is being promoted.
Ajay S Shriram, Chairman, CII Agro & Food Tech 2020, Chandrajit Banerjee, DG, CII, and Uday Kotak, president, CII, were all a part of the conference.