State agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal said that he is committed to align the state resources with centre government’s schemes like Make In India, FDI retail, Mission Horti & various schemes of Ministry of Food procession (MOFPI). Food processing industry is one of the major employment intensive segments contributing majorly to employment generation, he said while addressing a conference organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Uttarakhand chapter in Dehradun on Saturday.
Mr. Anil Taneja, regional director PHD Chamber, stated that the Indian food processing industry accounts for 32 per cent of the country’s total food market, one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. He said that India contributes around 14 per cent of manufacturing Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 13 per cent of India’s exports and six per cent of total industrial investment. He shared that Indian food service industry is expected to reach approximately US$ 77 billion by 2021, growing at an annual rate of 10%. PHD Chamber has taken this initiative to take forward the agenda of MOFPI to double food processing levels to 20 per cent by the end of its five-year term.
Rajiv Ghai, co chairman PHD Chamber Uttarakhand, pitched for the youth energy of the state being channelized to speed up the economic developmental process of the state. He also reiterated that chamber is committed to take forward the Prime Minister’s agenda of doubling the farmer’s income by 2020.
Additional chief secretary Dr Ranbir Singh stated that there are many initiatives taken by the state governments over the years which would ensure fast track growth of the sector. He stated that they were focused on easing up doing of business by bringing in changes required like removing Mandi shulk and adopting new technology. He shared that the state has already started e retail process.
Dr HS Baweja, director Horticulture Govt. Of HP and MD HPAPMC also shared the success stories of the Himalayan state. He is one of the team member which pioneered the model of E Retail in HP and 1st of its kind in India.
Adl DGFT Dr Amiya Chandra from New Delhi dwelt on the global competitiveness for which the entrepreneurs need to be strengthened. He stated that technology is reducing the lifecycles of all products and innovation is the key for success. Young entrepreneurs need to be given conducive environment, he stressed.