11 May, 2018
A one-day seminar on “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana” was jointly organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI), a PHDCCI press release informed on Thursday.
The purpose of the seminar was to provide information on the key features of the “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana” to the industry representatives, entrepreneurs and beneficiaries, self help groups etc, it stated.
The Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi, V.K. Mishra in his welcome address explained in detail about the efforts being made by the Chamber for making the necessary publicity for the implementation of the “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana”. He also said that programs like Form to Fork and Agri Harti Tech are being held annually by the Chamber, where farmers get more and more information related to new technologies and buyers. He said that this scheme is a new and excellent version of all the schemes made by the Government for the benefit of the farmers.
While addressing the seminar, Chief General Manager, NABARD, NP Mohapatra explained the efforts made by various cooperatives and self help groups in the field of food processing in the state. He gave example of strawberry of Jashpur, cashew nuts of Korba and Raigarh district and Custurd apple from Kanker, Mohapatra informed that in the Rajnandgaon district the production of Zimikand is being made in huge quantities, which has huge demands abroad.
Sunil Mishra, Managing Director, CSIDC said that the government, with the completion of the 14th Finance Commission cycle, for the year 2016-20 till the allocation of Rs. 6,000 crores, a new central sector scheme – Prime Minister Farmer Asset Scheme (Agro-Marine Processing and Agriculture – Processing Cluster Development Scheme) has been approved.
The implementation of this scheme will be done by Ministry of Food Processing Industries. Mega Food Park is being constructed by the state government for which big companies like Patanjali will set up project in the state.
Dr Kamalpreet Singh, Secretary, Department of Commerce and Industry, while addressing the seminar, said that the food processing industry is a unique industry by itself.
Chief Guest of the Seminar Ashok Kumar, Joint Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, said that in the field of food processing in India, there is a possibility of a great increase in foreign investment from all over the world and large potentials are emerging in the areas of food production .