Agribusiness Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday called on industry players to take advantage of government initiatives, including the Production Incentive Program (PLI). The government is committed to the development of the food processing sector. The government has taken several initiatives to harness the food and horticultural potential of the country, ” Tomar said in an official statement at the northern region food processing summit organized by industry body CII.
The government has launched the PLI program for the food industry, under which Rs 11,000 crore will be spent, he said. Another program of officialization by the Prime Minister of micro food processing enterprises (PMFME) was launched under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan to improve the competitiveness of existing individual microenterprises in the unorganized sector. The program focuses on supporting groups engaged in agri-food processing such as agricultural producer organizations (OPA), self-help groups (SHG) and producer cooperatives throughout their value chain, has t -he adds. Calling for cooperation to take advantage of government initiatives to all farmers, Tomar said the government is working on these initiatives in a planned manner.
The Minister also asked the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to conduct a comparative study on the cereal and horticultural resources available in the country with their level of processing so that the Center can design a strategy to fill the gaps.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Manoj Joshi, stressed the need for joint efforts of government and industry in the area of processed food fortification and satisfaction changing consumer preferences.
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