Narendra Singh Tomar Member of the Lok Sabha and Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare , Food Processing Industries and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj virtually inaugurated the 14th session of the India – International Food and Agri Week 2020 on 16 Oct 2020. The Food & Agri week is being organised from 16 Oct to 22 Oct 2020.

Indian domestic food processing sector is 32 per cent of India’s food market. So, the focus of this agro and food tech is to make use of technology in the field of food and agriculture sector. This move will help in increasing the income of farmers by 2022.

 About Potential of food and agriculture Sector

India’s agriculture and rural economy is very robust. Proper marketing and latest technology can lead to greater development of the agriculture sector. India’s GDP growth rate in Agriculture is 3.4 per cent. The agriculture sector has also contributed to India’s economic growth even during pandemic times.

“Anna Devo Bhava” Campaign

Ministry of Food Processing Industries started Anna Devo Bhava awareness campaign to mark the Food & Agri Week. Such campaign are required to raise the awareness about the value of food and to reduce food wastage.

Other Schemes by Ministry of Food Processing Industries

1. PM Formalisation of Micro food Enterprises scheme

Ministry of Food Processing Industries launched the PM Formalisation of Micro food Enterprises scheme under the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The scheme has an outlay of Rs 20 thousand crores. This scheme will be supporting the 200,000 micro food processing units with credit linked subsidy. It would also focus on supporting the Self Help Groups, Food processing units and cottage industry.

2. PM Kisan Sampada Scheme

Ministry of Food Processing Industries was started PM Kisan Sampada Scheme for providing the modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlets. Minor Forest Produce scheme is an important element of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. The primary objective of the Minor Forest Produce is to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together the farmers, processors and retailers. 37 Minor Forest Produce have been approved till now out of which 20 are operating.

3. Operation greens scheme

Operation greens scheme was also expanded by the MoFPI from TOP to TOTAL.  Food Ministry will be providing the 50 per cent subsidy for transportation of eligible crops from surplus production cluster to consumption centre. The subsidy will be provided for 6 months.

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