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FOOD PROCESSING

Food processing NBFI & Mission Green to be rolled out soon, says Badal
Thursday, 27 September, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
The non-banking financial institution (NBFI) for food processing and Mission Green will be rolled out soon. This was stated by Harsimrat Kaur Badal, minister for food processing industries, Government of India, at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) National Post-Harvest and Logistics Summit 2018, in association with the ministries of food processing industries and agriculture and the National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD).

“The NBFI would not only lend to the food processing sector, but also provide other services such as capacity building, risk assessment, sensitising banks and research and development (R&D) which would give impetus for the sector to enable it to grow at a much faster pace. Mission Green, which focusses on tomato, onion and potato, would rolled out as a pilot in identified clusters initially,” said the minister, urging the private sector to collaborate on this.

Ashok Dalwai, chief executive officer, National Rainfed Area Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India, and chairman, Doubling Farmers’ Income, stated that in the last four years, the emphasis had been on introducing reforms for the liberalisation of the agriculture sector to transform it into a private sector enterprise.

He mentioned that there was need for greater collaboration between different ministries to build a robust agriculture supply chain. While the ministries of agriculture and food processing industries are already working together, Dalwai felt that there was a need to bring the ministry of transport to enable multi-modal transport.

P K Swain, joint secretary, marketing-cum–agriculture marketing and advisor to the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, urged for a greater partnership of the private sector with the farmer producer organisations.

P Ravichandran, chairman, CII Task Force on Post-Harvest and Logistics, and president, Danfoss Industries Private Limited, outlined the CII Post-Harvest and Logistic Charter. He mentioned that it started with the aim to reduce food losses, and now the focus was on innovation and capacity-building and handholding of start-ups.

CII’s Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (CII-FACE) has carried out a study on ease of doing business for setting up cold storages, and pilot studies on fisheries in Andhra Pradesh and upgrades of rural haats to GrAMS are going to start soon.

The other dignitaries present during the summit were M Ariz Ahmmed, managing director, National Horticulture Board; T Nand Kumar, ex-chairman, NDDB; Parag Gupta, joint secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Pawanexh Kohli, chief executive officer and chief advisor, National Centre for Cold Chain Development; and D S Gangwar, additional secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

The Summit saw felicitation of winners of the 3rd CII Cold Chain Awards. The Award has been initiated by CII in partnership with National Center on Cold Chain Development. The award aims to recognize organizations for pre-eminence and outstanding contributions in the field of cold chain management including warehouse, logistics, Supply chain Management and policy systems and to raise awareness with regard to sustainable success and competitiveness through best practices.
In the category of Outstanding Performance Best Practices in Cold Chain, the winners are Dodla Dairy Limited (large segment), Crystal Logistics Cool Chain Ltd (medium segment) and Balmer Lawrie and Co Ltd (small segment).

The Significant Achievement Award for Best Practices in Cold Storage went to Global Entrade; the Outstanding Performance Packhouse Award to Desai Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd; the Outstanding Performance Ripening Chamber to Keventer Agro Limited, and the Outstanding Performance Integrated Supply Chain Solution Award to Gopaljee Dairy Foods Pvt Ltd (large segment) and Pagro Frozen Foods Pvt Ltd (medium segment).

The Significant Achievement Award for Integrated Supply Chain Solution to Ahmedabad District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd; the Outstanding Performance Innovation Award to Serap India Pvt Ltd; the Letter of Appreciation for Packhouse to SMV Exports; and the Letter of Appreciation for Integrated Supply Chain Solution to Nufarm Frozens Pvt Ltd and H N Agri Serve Pvt Ltd.

The jury for the CII Cold Chain Awards comprised Dalwai, Kohli, Harsev Singh, chief executive officer, Reliance Dairy; S K Sharma, managing director, Global Agri, and B Thiagarajan, joint managing director, Blue Star.

The assessors of the award were leaders from the cold chain Industry and practicing managers from the Indian organisations with relevant technical expertise, competence, experience and exposure to global cold chain standards and practices.

The summit saw the participation of over 200 delegates the ministries of agriculture and food processing industries, the National Horticulture Board, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), NCCD, the National Institute of Food Technology and Entrepreneurship Management (NIFTEM), various embassies and the private sector.
 
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