Govt plans food processing mission

Govt plans food processing mission

Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MFPI) has moved a Cabinet note for setting up of a National Mission on Food Processing in cooperation with the state governments. This is aimed at giving a thrust to the sector and prevent wastage of agriculture produce.

According to MFPI, the proposal aims to set up the mission as a centrally-sponsored scheme with a view to encourage food processing industry in the country. The scheme, which was proposed in the 2012-13 budget, would be developed in cooperation with the state governments.

The schemes to be covered under the NMFP include technology upgradation for expansion of food processing industries, supporting cold storage facility and for human resource development. It would also include creation of infrastructure facilities for running courses in food processing technology, entrepreneurship development programme and promotional activities related to the sector.

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