The Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Pashupati Kumar Paras and the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Prahlad Singh Patel, inaugurated seven food processing projects in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu through videoconferencing on Tuesday, September 14, as part of the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' celebrations. The project cost is ₹164.46, and the Ministry approved a grant in aid of ₹27.99 crore. The projects are likely to provide employment to 3,100 directly and indirectly. Furthermore, the projects would benefit 16,500 farmers and entrepreneurs.
Ideal If Surplus Crops Are Produced Locally
According to the Press Information Bureau, Prahlad S Patel said that it would be ideal if surplus crops or products are produced locally. He also mentioned that the government and the promoters need to work together to establish the presence of indigenous brands at the international level and ensure their recognition of the processed products. Union Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras said, "I would like to convey my appreciation to the promoters of these projects for developing state-of-the-art processing facilities which will prove a milestone in the growth of food processing sector, benefit farmers, growers, processors and consumers of respective regions and adjoining areas immensely."
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
The government is celebrating 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' to commemorate 75 years of independence for progressive India. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries celebrated the Food Processing Week from September 6 to September 12. Meanwhile, the ministry also organised a workshop on honey processing in Punjab's Bathinda district under the ' One District, One Product' program.
Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, the ministry launched the Prime Minister Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme (PMFME) for micro and unorganised entrepreneurs in the food processing sector. Seed capital was released to the members of self-help groups in several states. During the Food Processing Week, 4,709 members of SHGs across the country were provided financial assistance amounting to over ₹ 13.41 crore as seed capital.