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Food Processing is Growing more than Agri and Manufacturing Sectors
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Date of posting: 11-12-12
      If there is one sector that has been growing faster than agriculture as well as manufacturing sectors, has the potential to create jobs in the rural areas, bridge the gap between the price paid by the consumer and that received by the farmer and create value addition and earn foreign exchange by export of value-added farm produce, it is the Food Processing Sector. In addition, this sector does not only remain a bridge between farmers and entrepreneurs, it converts the farmer into an entrepreneur.

      This was stated by the Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar after inaugurating NIFTEM, a world-class institution in food processing sector, at Kundli, Haryana, recently, with the presence of Haryana Chief Minister, Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Minister of Water Resources Shri Harish Rawat, Ministers of State Shri Tariq Anwar and Shri C D Mahant, Member of the Planning Commission, and other politicians.

      While highlighting the huge potential of this ‘sunrise sector’, Pawar also spoke about the challenges the sector faces and how NIFTEM will help the sector to grow. “Though a sunrise sector, it is facing various bottlenecks like lack of infrastructure, packaging and grading centres quality control and testing facilities. However, I consider, lack of human resource as one of the most important impediments in the development of this sector. Many entrepreneurs meet me and tell how difficult it is to get skilled manpower to work. It is in this background, the foundation of NIFTEM was laid. This institute is expected to bring a pioneering work in development of Human Resource in the food processing sector,” he said.

      Shri Pawar said that NIFTEM will provide one-stop solution to the food processing sector. He elaborated: “Besides developing world class managerial talent and advanced knowhow in the area of food science, food technology and management, it will function as a knowledge repository in the food processing domain, conduct frontier area research for development of the sector and facilitate business incubation services".

      One important aspect of its functioning is that it has ‘theme centres’ on different sectors such as dairying, cereal-based products, animal protein, beverages, confectionery, and fruit and vegetable based foods. There are also themes cutting across these sectors, e.g. management, packaging, food standards and testing, Pawar said.

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