Govt's National Mission on food processing soon

The government has proposed National Mission on Food Processing in cooperation with state governments during next fiscal to provide much needed thrust to the sector.

India lags the world in the food processing sector, as a result of which of fruits and vegetables worth nearly Rs 44,000 crore are lost annually due to lack of proper infrastructure and facilities.

“In order to have a better outreach and to provide more flexibility to suit local needs, it has been decided that a new centrally sponsored scheme titled ‘National Mission on Food Processing’ would be started, in cooperation with the State Governments in 2012-13,” Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

Budgetary allocation for the sector has been fixed at Rs 660 crore for the fiscal, up from Rs 600 crore in 2011-12.

Under the mission, the state governments will set up food processing units on a large scale, while the centre will provide them logistical support.

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