MoFPI stresses on food processing entrepreneurship in Nagaland

MoFPI stresses on food processing entrepreneurship in Nagaland

Kohima, August 28: Additional Secretary of Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Dr Rakesh Sarwal today observed that with major chunk of the population in Nagaland depending on agriculture, food processing industry will help improve the productivity of the State in larger scale.
Dr Sarwal called upon educated Naga youths to avail the opportunity of venturing into food processing industrial entrepreneurships, which will not only help them but also the farmers to get better price of their produces.
He was speaking at the inaugural session of a workshop on Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojna (PMKSY) organized by the Federation of Industry & Commerce of North East Region (FINER), sponsored by Ministry of Food Processing Industries and supported by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Nagaland at the Capital Convention Centre here Wednesday.
Dr Sarwal said Nagaland has the potential to be globally competitive as the entrepreneurs in the State have the ability, aspiration and the confidence in themselves to compete globally.
The natural organic raw material available locally is an advantage for the food processing industry, he said.
Dr Sarwal said that MoFPI sponsored the workshop to help entrepreneur of Nagaland to gain knowledge about the various food processing technologies, different Government assistances for the units and food processing policies. He also highlighted in brief the different schemes under PMKSY and its benefits, including cold storages, marketing outlets, etc.
Encouraging the State Government to set up more food testing laboratories in the State, he said MoFPI would assist 50% subsidy of the unit cost to any entrepreneurs wanting to establish a private food testing lab. He also suggested setting up of entrepreneurs training centres in the district headquarters.
Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy said 70% of the Naga population depends on agricultural sector for their livelihood but agriculture in Nagaland is conservative and traditional so more attention is required to increase the productivity.
He said in Nagaland for a farmer to take their products beyond the farm gate is a major struggle starting with linkage of marketing outlets and cold storages.
The CS asserted that the Government is studying and is committed to remove all the obstacles, including marketing outlets and credit facility.
Stating that Nagaland is a resource crunch state, Toy requested the Central Government to consider granting cent percent funding or at least 90/10 share basis, instead of 50% for implementation of PMKSY.
FINER president, Pabitra Buragohain while saying that food process sector is very viable for the North East region said the region should take full advantage of the Central government’s Act East policy.
He also conveyed the willingness of federation in opening its centre in Nagaland.
The resource persons for the day-long workshop came from the Department of Food Packaging and System Development under Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, North East Regional Agricultural, FINER, Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority and Department of Industries and Commerce Nagaland.
The technical sessions were held on food processing technology, marketing strategy, eligibility for assistance under PMKSY, export opportunity and safety standards. (Page News Service)