Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan said that with the availability of raw materials, changing lifestyles and appropriate policies in Mizoram has given plenty possibilities and reasons for Startups and MSMEs in Food Processing sector here.
At a ‘Conference on Startups and MSMEs in Food Processing’ organized by ASSOCHAM in collaboration with Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), NABARD and Mizoram University, Kummanam Rajasekharan stated the food processing industry has emerged as one of the significant segment in terms of its contribution to Indian consumption market and is one of the major employment intensive industries and serves as a central link between the agriculture, allied and industrial segments of the economy.
He said, Mizoram’s agriculture is gifted with various sorts of fruits, vegetables, and other agro-products, and there are immense opportunities present in food processing in the State. He also said that Mizoram has huge potential on foods, spices, flowers and even beverages which has a good export value. He highlighted that different agro based boards headquartered in Kerala have agreed to come and help the concerned people develop the sector. The development of the food processing industry will lead to creation of huge income and thereby lead towards self sufficiency of the State and country at large. He also said the initiative taken by ASSOCHAM will act as a first step in identifying the challenges, thus providing a milestone for all the stakeholders to work on.
Prof. KRS Sambasiva Rao, vice chancellor of Mizoram University stressed the need to expose the local abilities to different technologies and schemes available. He said the budding entrepreneurs would then have a sense of the industry and become motivated.
Other icons present at the conference were Mr Chetan Vij, assistant director of ASSOCHAM who gave a welcome address while Shri. R.K. Srivastava, general manager of NABARD Mizoram presented a banking perspective on different financial assistance and schemes available for the entrepreneurs. Dr. KP Chaudhary (senior scientist and head), KVK, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Central Agricultural University, Selesih also gave a thematic address at the conference.