In an exclusive interactive session titled, “Towards formulating the action agenda for the betterment of the North Eastern Food Processing Sector” hosted by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industries, Government of India said, “Organic production has a very huge and national and international market today and only North East India has the potential to meet this demand through organised production. I am happy inform you that Food Processing Industries in the North East is part of PM Modi’s mission ‘Make In India’.”
Badal addressing the invitees of ICC in Guwahati recently said, ‘This is my maiden visit to the North East India and I must thank the most pro active chamber of Eastern India the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for facilitating this exclusive interactive session with you this afternoon. I am here to hear from the industry captains, entrepreneurs, growers and entrepreneurs of the food processing and allied sector and address the issues. I was surprised to see very less utilization while I took over the ministry, in five months I have ensured use of 50% funds in a proper way.’
Calling on the entrepreneurship to make maximum use National Mission on Food Processing Badal said, ‘Mega Food Park is conceptualized to have all common infrastructures of a food processing industry under a hub like the North East Mega Food park in Tihu and our Government plans to set up food park in all the districts in next five years.’
Raising concern on the food waste in India is almost equivalent to countries like UK’s consumption, the minister emphasized on scientific and proper use of the infrastructures like Mega Food Park and help the farmers and growers in a right way. She said, “Farmers are the Future of Food Processing Industry and our ministry will ensure food grown and produced reaches the consumers without wastage that is what I call ‘Khet to Thali’ and we are committed to it.”
Earlier the Minister had a meeting with State Mission Directors of the North Eastern Region on the progress of the projects under NMPI. J P Meena Additional Secretary MoFPI addressed and made a detailed presentation on NMPI schemes for North East.
Sanjay Budhia past president ICC gave the welcome address and Reedhima Thackkar Chairperson of Agro and Food Committee gave the key note address.