Governor stresses on more investment in food processing sector

Bhubaneswar, Sep 27: Maintaining that Indian food processing
sector has enormous potential in terms of production, consumption, export and
growth prospects, Governor Dr SC Jamir on Tuesday urged concerned companies and
stakeholders to invest in food processing and packaging sector as the sector is
growing 15-10 percent annually.
“The Government has made the commercialisation of the
country’s food processing sector the first priority with various fiscal
incentives. Modernisation and digitisation of agriculture sector will harness
toward transformation. A large number of technologies are available now. These
are required to be transferred to farmers’ field,” the Governor.
He was speaking after inaugurating the “Agro-Vation”
organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce at Janata Maidan here.
He called upon to provide the farmers access to the latest
innovations and technologies.
He also highlighted Odisha’s achievement in agricultural transformation.
He said The impact of the agricultural transformation agenda
has been huge for Odisha. Odisha has earned laurels at the national level by
bagging the fourth ‘Krishi Karmana Award’ in five years for record food grain
production and recently it is conferred with the 9th Global Agriculture
Leadership Award-2016 given by Indian Council of Food and Agriculture in the
category of ‘Best Agriculture State-2016’.
Congratulating the department as well as hard working farmers
of the state, Governor said that the success was possible for successfully
launching large number of pro-farmer programmes to revitalise agriculture in
the state leading to higher growth rate, improved farm income and accelerated
pace of overall agriculture development and bringing rural prosperity.
On the occasion, LN Gupta, Principal Secretary, MSME, Manoj
Ahuja, Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment focused on the
initiatives taken by their respective department for the growth of agriculture

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