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'India will become food factory of the world'

Thursday, 26 February 2009, 03:27 Hrs   |    8 Comments
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Haridwar: With the food processing industry in India growing 13.7 percent annually, India is set to be become the food factory of the world, says Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahai.

"While the manufacturing sector growth in the country has gone down from 7 percent to 6 percent, the food processing sector is growing a a robust 13.7 percent," Sahai said at the foundation laying ceremony of the Patanjali Food and Herbal Park at village Padartha near here Wednesday afternoon, one of the 10 mega food parks that are being set up in the next two years in the country under the 11th Five-Year Plan.

The parks are being set up to boost the food processing sector through establishment of an integrated supply chain management to take food in various forms from the farm gate to the retail outlet and thereby reduce wastage of agricultural produce.

The minister said that though India depends on countries in the Gulf and the Middle East for oil, these countries look to India for food.

"India's food processing industry has got the whole world market to exploit," Sahai said.

"Even the great American entrepreneur Warren Buffet when asked on CNN television where he would like to invest next, said he would like to invest in India's food processing sector," he said.

He pointed out that whereas processing of food to consumable standards are at levels of up to 80 percent in some developed countries, the overall processing level of such produce in India ranges from 7 to 8 percent. This despite the fact that India is the world's second largest producer of fruits and vegetables.

The mega food parks scheme is the flagship project of the 'Vision 2015' being undertaken by MOFPI which is aimed at, apart from raising India's share in the world market, ensuring a three-fold growth in the size of India's processed food sector, increasing the level of processing of perishables from six percent to 20 percent and raising value addition of such the products from 20 percent to 35 percent.

Lauding the efforts of yoga guru Swami Ramdev's Patanjali Jog Peeth in setting up the food park, he said that the park would be used as a model for the other mega food parks coming up in the country. A total of 30 such mega food parks are being envisaged under the 11th Plan period.

On Monday, the foundation stone of one such food mega food park was laid in Ranchi and the minister will move to Assam Thursday to lay the foundation of another such park at Nalbari.

Other such parks are coming up at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh, Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu, Chikmagalur in Karnataka, Shirwal in Maharashtra, Jangipur in West Bengal, Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh and Jalandhar in Punjab.
Source: IANS
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Reader's comments(8)
1: If you see todays headlines in the TOI dated 27.02.09, India is failing its rural poor with 230 million people being undernourished — the highest for any country in the world.So rather than looking at the whole world market we should first feed the people of our country.
India ranks 94th in the Global Hunger Index of 119 countries.
Posted by:shiva - 26 Feb, 2009
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Make Money Online floor Replied to: shiva - 06 Dec, 2010
3: Indian ministers love to spin delusions. 40% of the world's malnourished children are Indian and there have been recent deaths in Madhya Pradesh from famine conditions. Will the ministers feed Indian children first and weave fantasies later? (Let the minister not forget that nearly 80% of India's people live on $2 or less a day. When will India's poverty and slumdog status go?)
Posted by:George - 26 Feb, 2009
4: si is a delusional cheerleading rag quite detached from reality.

the farm/food factory to the world is brazil. it w/ surpass the us as the largest global food producer/processor by 2010 (next year). it is the largest supplier of food to the entire arab world & a significant supplier to japan, china, russia, korea, iran, etc.
Posted by:sage - 26 Feb, 2009
5: Yeah the statement is fully true, that's why the maximum number of death without food (in developing country) is highest in India.
Posted by:Swaroop - 25 Feb, 2009
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WELL SAID
ARVINDA Replied to: Swaroop - 26 Feb, 2009
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8: To Asset,following prime extra mother themselves touch team know appointment nobody series potential increase civil final send recommend thanks indeed amongst traditional reasonable authority writer bird comparison democratic mind black present correct provide theatre usual able personal typical quickly mass card doubt lot careful child review promote division strongly upon investigation screen street influence publication demand occur broad where chemical least united spirit measure expression jump hell surprise treaty sex during imagine line visitor shop now woman industry question liberal increased settle confirm average violence ready technical assess previously
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