Feb 7, 2019
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma urged young generation entrepreneurs to make the most of the opportunities in the food processing sector.
Sangma was addressing the entrepreneurs on a 2 day workshop on ‘Food Processing Opportunities in Meghalaya’ organized by the Directorate of Food Processing in partnership with Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship (MIE) and Meghalaya Basin Management Agency (MBMA) at the State Convention Centre in Shillong, capital of Meghalaya.
Processed food accounts for only 10 per cent of the total agricultural produce of the State, Sangma stressed that it’s time to expand the sector to create path for livelihood through better entrepreneurship and improve the economic status of farmers.
Chief Minister also confirmed the need for practical participation from farmers at the grassroots level and rural entrepreneurs for the food processing industry to move ahead with the project.
He said that the state government is taking particular interest for the development of young entrepreneurship in the state and a go- various programs on foothold, promote and assist the potential entrepreneurs in the state.
He also advised the entrepreneurs to look beyond domestic markets and aim trading with neighboring countries as a source of marketing the goods manufactured in the region.
Agriculture Production Commissioner, K. N. Kumar informed the people that according to the report of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, the total value of food processing industry is bound to reach Rs. 3.45 lakh crore in 2020.