Bhubaneswar ,02.01 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty ): 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 second day of Odisha MSME International Trade Fair 2014, jointly organized by State MSME Department and National Small Industries Corporation Ltd. (NSIC).
Inaugurating the workshop on ‘Investors Meet on Food Processing’ here Chief Secretary Mr. Jugal Kishore Mohapatra highlighted that there is vast scope for the food processing sector in the State. He urged the implementing agencies to implement the food processing policy of the State in true letter and spirit. In his inaugural address 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 sector.
Gracing the meet, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Food Processing Mr. J.P. Meena pointed out that 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.
In his address State MSME Department Secretary Panchanan Dash exuded confidence that Odisha’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 & Animal Resources, Agriculture and Horticulture on the 2nd day of trade fair. In the first technical session held on ‘Food Processing’ experts and officials highlighted on various policies of both Central & State Government Panelists and officials present in this technical session explained various facilities provided under National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP).
Food processing industries have now grown to a significant level in the state as four mega food parks have already been implemented in the state. Mega food parks at Rayagada, Berhampur and Khordha have already started functioning and a mega sea food park is also going to start operation shortly. While nine large food processing units with an investment of Rs. 2467.74 crore have created job opportunities for 1209 people, 26,504 MSME food processing units with an investment of Rs. 380.53 crore have resulted in 1,45,326 jobs in the state, speakers added.