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FOOD PROCESSING

Assocham to organise food processing, Kisan Sampada Yojana conferences
Friday, 13 April, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) will host multi-city conferences on food processing and Kisan Sampada Yojana in April. They will be held in Udaipur on April 18, Ranchi on April 24, Srinagar and Coimbatore on April 25 and Nasik on April 26.

The objective of the conferences is to create a platform where small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the food sector, technology providers, banks, government officials, etc. interact to provide a boost to the growth of the food processing sector.

Food processing in India
The food processing sector in India is one of the largest in terms of production, consumption, export and growth prospects. Apart from providing vital linkages between industry and agriculture, it creates synergy between the two and has a potential for providing jobs in far-flung areas of India.

The government of India has accorded priority to its development with a number of schemes for infrastructure development, fiscal relief, and incentives. Through all these measures, efforts are to encourage commercialisation and value addition to agricultural produce, minimise post-harvest wastage, generate employment and boost exports of processed food.

The conferences will see the participation of stakeholders from food processing value chain, namely bankers, technology providers, farmers producers organisations, self-help groups (SHGs), retail companies, etc.

The conclave will also take a look at technology trends, finance and lending, inter-alignment of food trade, faster automated processing and packaging, training programmes and education towards skilled resources, future prospects and insights on stated and implied requirements and needs of linking all these activities with a markets.

Objectives
The conclaves will focus on the food processing sector in India with a view to increasing business opportunities and investments by meeting the following objectives.

    • To highlight features and benefits of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana and the alignment of the food processing industry with the scheme
    • To understand the trend in requirements for research and development (R&D), technology transfer, finance and lending in food processing sector
    • To strengthen the food marketing linkages in value chain, especially food growers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and foodservice establishments
    • To provide an enabling platform for networking to strengthen food retail and increasingly linking farmers to market
    • To abreast the business world in general and delegates, in particular, about emerging opportunities for investment in the food processing sector in India
    • To discuss the prospect of food processing and opportunities available in the respective states
    • To create networking among R&D institutions, corporate sectors, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), farmer producer organisations (FPOs), and self-help groups (SHGs).

The key focus area at the conferences are Kisan Sampada Yojana and food processing sector, R&D and technology upgrade in food processing sector, funds/financial needs of the processed food sector, strengthening food marketing links, skill development and opportunities in food processing sector.
 
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