SME Times News Bureau | 21 Jan, 2021
Food Processing Industries Monister
Rameswar Teli said that a well-developed food processing sector with a higher
level of processing helps to reduce wastage, improvise value addition,
encourage crop diversification, ensure better RoI for farmers, boost employment
along with growth in export earnings.
Addressing the inaugural session of India's 1st Virtual 'Processed
Food Expo' organized by Ministry of Food Processing
Industries, Teli said that there is a plethora of opportunities in the
food processing sector for growth in employment and export potential.
Teli also said that there is a need to develop processing,
handling, packaging, storage, and distribution technology for all key processed
products to meet domestic and international food regulation standards.
Food processing ministry is
implementing the R&D plan for the sector. The objective is the
commercialisation of the food processing industry. He further added that he was
confident that this R&D plan will benefit not only the product and process
development but will also aid in the better packaging value chain by value
addition in the food processing industry.
Pushpa Subrahmanyam, Secretary, MoFPI said that the food processing industry
is research and innovation based. It is the innovation that drives this sector
and determines its path and expansion.
"The ministry has been supporting small innovation projects
for developing new products & processes, packaging, testing equipment and
more affordable technology for the predominant MSME industry in this
sector," she said.
Subrahmanyam added that the ministry spends about Rs 100 crs for R&D
and many more are in the pipeline.
"We will continue to
focus, particularly now, on Waste to Wealth technologies, also packaging
solutions that are more biodegradable or can be plastic substitutes. The sector
sees this as a big challenge, and we would like to put give resources to fund
these kinds of sustainable solutions to the industry," she further added.
The MoFPI portal on the Food R&D projects 2021 was launched at
the event. This portal presents the outcomes of the R&D works of various
institutes involved in food processing and value addition in India.
The portal has facilities to
explore technological solutions in the form of food product, process and
technology and food processing machinery and will also serve as the repository
of innovations and technical solutions.
Hemant Malik, Chair- FICCI Food Processing Committee, and CEO-Food
Division, ITC Limited said that there is a lot of demand coming in terms of shelf
life, microbiological aspects & innovation in packaging.
"The R&D for
developing food item and packaged food in India will work towards not only
extending shelf life but also towards improving nutritional attributes in food
items," he said.
Mohit Anand, Co-Chair- Food
Processing Committee, FICCI and Managing Director, Kellogg India & South
that the engagement between the industry and the academia will result in a
business matchmaking that is the end objective of the convention. It will also
open opportunities for the industry by giving access to knowledge, he said.