A World Bank scheme for unorganized micro food processing industry will be implemented in Uttar Pradesh (UP) soon in order to provide the industry with technical support.
This was announced during the 6th edition of India Food Expo, 2019 held in Lucknow; the event was organized to boost the setting up of Food Processing Industry in UP.
Dr. S.B. Sharma, Joint Director Horticulture and Food Processing, Uttar Pradesh informed that because of this scheme, the micro food processing units will come up in rural areas in large numbers, More than 50 companies from within and outside the state displayed their products and services in this exhibition. On all the three days of the exhibition, visitors thronged in large numbers. About 3000 visitors availed the opportunity.
This exhibition organized jointly by Indian Industries Association (IIA) and Horticulture and Food Processing Department, UP has achieved its objective.
Director, Horticulture and Food Processing, UP, Dr. R.P. Singh, said that government has setup a target to double the income of farmers by the year 2022. To achieve this target not only the production of agriculture output is to be increased but also to be ensured that the farmers are able to get reasonable price for their produce and development and contribution of food processing industry is very critical, he added.
For doing so, UP is leading in food grain, sugar cane, and milk and potato production compared to other states. Therefore, food processing units are required to be setup in the respective areas where these agriculture products are available.
Government of UP and the Central Government has come out with several schemes and policies for the promotion of food processing industry.