‘Odisha has vast scope for the food processing sectors’

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra
on Thursday that there is vast scope for the food processing sector in the
State and urged the implementing agencies to execute the food processing policy
of the State in true letter and spirit. He was speaking after inaugurating a
workshop titled on ‘Investors Meet on Food Processing’ at the Odisha MSME
International Trade Fair here on the second day of the weeklong fair.

Besides, he stressed on the importance of right attitude for
entrepreneurship and advised entrepreneurs to leverage from the available
opportunities and encouragements given by the Government for the growth of MSME
Investors and entrepreneurs deliberated on various issues
facing the food processing industry and got their queries answered by the
experts attending the technical sessions being organized on the 2nd day of the
Odisha MSME International Trade Fair 2014, jointly organized by MSME
Department, Govt. of Odisha and National Small Industries Corporation Ltd
Gracing the meet, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food
Processing JP Meena said the growth rate in food processing sector has been
more than 80 per cent in the last two years. The whole sector in the country
has attracted an investment of around 1.20 lakh crore. Odisha has vast scope
for setting up food processing units in rice, marine products, oil, spices and
other agricultural products, he said. He also elaborated the facilities and
subsidies available under National Food processing Mission
to set up these industries. He said that 50 per cent of subsidy is available
for mega Food Park,
cold chains and abattoirs.
MSME Department Secretary Panchanana Dash exuded confidence
that the State’s food processing policy, new agricultural policy and MSME
policy will help youths set up MSME units of their choice. Among others,
Agriculture Secretary Rajesh Kumar Verma and Fisheries and Animal Resource
Development Secretary Bishnupada Sethi stressed on agro-based industries.                                                  
Three technical sessions and an open house discussion were
held on Food Processing, Fishery and Animal Resources, Agriculture and
Horticulture on the second day.

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