SME Times News Bureau | 17 Aug, 2018
The unorganized food processing sector in the country is
highly populated by small en terprises, said Jagadish Prasad Meena, Secretary of the MoFPI industry.
Speaking at the inauguration of the International Conference on Recent Advances in Food
Processing Technology (iCRAFPT), Meena said stated Food processing sector in
India has a dualistic structure.
segment dominates in numbers (about 25,00,000 in 2015-16) of small enterprises
and workers, but the organised segment (about 40,000) dominates in terms of
value of the output and investment, he added.
In his address, the
Secretary highlighted that the bumper production and diversification of
agriculture has brought in new challenges for everybody in view of the large
scale food wastage on one hand and seasonal & regional demand & there
supply issues of many commodities.
share of the organised/registered food processors are hardly 1.5 percent of the
total food processors.
The first tier
technology should target the unorganized sector who can be encouraged to
concentrate on primary processing and provide strong supply link to the
high-end secondary and tertiary processing, he said.
The second tier
should deal with sophistication of secondary and tertiary processing of high
value products and enable industry to compete and stand up shoulder to shoulder
with world food processing industries.
He also quoted,
our nationâs export basket of food produces contains 75% of the fresh F&V
and unprocessed item and only 25% of processed products.
appreciated the continued efforts made by IIFPT in the field of research and
food processing and extended Ministryâs support towards achieving the vision of
the IIFPT to become an institute of national eminence.
concluded his inaugural address by sharing glimpses of successful conduct of World
Food India 2017 that subsequently promoted investment intent of US$14 billion
has been expressed through MoUs by country/world-wide companies.