June 20, 2018
“NIFTEM is a one of its kind institute and has the potential to become the Harvard of food processing technology and management sector. A university which despite being nascent, has already been ranked 50th out of 3007 universities in India”, said Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Addressing the 6th Annual Meeting of NIFTEM-Industry Forum Smt Badal said “Like people world over, Indians are also becoming increasingly aware of healthy food habits. I have asked NIFTEM to explore how it can come up with ‘Brand NIFTEM’ which is healthier, fresher and cheaper.
The Minister added “I foresee a lot of potential for the new facilities created at NIFTEM. The food testing lab should become a nodal lab for Food Safety Standards Authority of India and also both domestic and international companies to rely on for testing of their products. NIFTEM should become the brand of the healthiest version of the processed food that they have to offer.”
She added that the Ministry along with NIFTEM has explored how NIFTEM can open up its incubation centres to new entrepreneurs can try out new things while also providing them a market by opening at least 2 outlets- one at NIFTEM and one in the Ministry premises.
The minister has invited suggestions from food processing industry on how to best utilize the facilities at NIFTEM and make them beneficial to all stakeholders. The Minister also invited the industry gathering to partner with NIFTEM and evolve it as a guide to help the Ministry form policies for the food processing sector.
Also present at the 6th Annual Meeting of NIFTEM– Jagdish Prasad Meena, Secretary, Ministry Of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), said, “In four years, the ministry has been able to bring the sector to forefront not just in the country but also at global level.”
He stated that the ministry now receives three or four foreign delegations every month as compared to only a few till last year.
Meena stated that the industry needs to work harder and put more efforts and launch itself as a trend-setter rather a copier of foreign products. He also added that the industry must come out with products that are globally in demand and competitive. He added that it is essential to be more focused on Research and Development (R&D) and quality certifications to avoid rejection of exports by foreign countries. The secretary also called for the development of protocols for storage of food crops in cold storages.
He highlighted that every food crop has its own standard of cold storage requirement. Hence, industry should pay more attention to the cold storage standards instead of using it for multi-purpose.