The Food Processing sector in India, a sunrise sector, is poised for immense growth and greater contribution to the world of food trade. The sector has witnessed a number of initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Food Processing and India primarily has aimed at scaling up infrastructure for storage and transport, tackling the issue of food wastage in the country and creating value addition that will benefit both producers and consumers through facilitating domestic and foreign investment in the sector.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal is presently the Minister of Food Processing in the Modi government. The ministry aims to develop a strong and vibrant food processing industry, to create increased employment in rural sectors, enable farmers to reap the benefits of modern technology and to create a surplus for exports and stimulating demand for processed food.
Harsimrat Kaur has chartered a growth trail for the food processing sector with a clearly envisioned growth trajectory for Punjab. Punjab heralded the first Green Revolution in the country and has made rapid strides in improving the quality and quantity of the food grain production. Currently food processing is the focus area of investment in Punjab and concerted efforts are being made by the government to facilitate big investments in food processing industry.
Union Ministry has earmarked Rs 2,000 crore for setting Mega Food Parks (MFPs) in the country. A total of 38 MFPs are presently under implementation out of which 7 have been made functional so far; one each in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. Out of these, 5 MFPs have been made function in the present government; one each in Karnataka (Tumkur), Punjab (Fazilka), Assam (Nalbari), Madhya Pradesh (Khargone) and Jharkhand (Ranchi). One more MFP in Murshidabad (West Bengal) is also ready for operation.