This entire week is being devoted to the food processing industry
Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Shri Pashupati Kumar Paras virtually inaugurated 6 food processing projects in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Haryana here today. Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Bharati Pawar also graced the occasion through video conferencing.
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is celebrating Food Processing Week from 6 September 2021 to 12 September 2021, under which the Ministry is organizing various programmes as a part ofthe Government of India’s'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' to commemorate 75 years of India's Independence.
The total cost of projects inaugurated today is about Rs. 76.76 crores, and the Ministry has given a grant of Rs. 24.19 crores for these projects. These projects will also provide direct and indirect employment to about 2500 people and benefit about 6800 farmers in the surrounding areas.
In addition, 5 food processing units have been sanctioned by the Ministry in Agro Processing Cluster set up by M/s Sahyadri Farmers Producers Company with total project cost of Rs. 49.89 Cr. involving grants-in-aid of Rs. 20.21 Crore and so far grants-in-aid of Rs. 14.57 Crore has been released to these units. These 5 units will leverage private investment of Rs. 29.68 Cr. and provide direct and indirect employment to about 8375 people and benefit about 12500 farmers in the surrounding areas.
In his address, Shri Pashupati Kumar Paras said that this entire week is being devoted to the food processing industry and there are several other activities aligned for the next four days. We are inaugurating six food processing projects and these projects will further elevate the food processing sector.
He added that these projects from Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Haryana will give impetus to the development of the food processing sector and will leverage additional investment. These projects will benefit the people associated with the food processing sector. With this, farmers will get better prices for their agriproducts, and their income will also increase, and new employment opportunities will be created for youth looking for their future in this field.