Jan 2, 2018
To promote Telangana as a major hub of food processing industry in the country, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao recently declared a proposal. He proposed setting up of food processing units on a pilot basis in 6 or 7 mandals initially, involving all stakeholders like Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP) groups etc.
In a high-profile meeting held in Pragathi Bhavan, Hyderabad, the CM discussed on premium aspects of food processing industry with involvement of IKP-women groups in food processing industry. He also emphasized on export of different types of agricultural products to other states and countries. He urged that food processing industry must work together so that IKP- women group members and others get equal opportunity of involvement and should be occupied towards a common goal.
He added, “Unfortunately, the State did not have appropriate statistical data regarding Rice production, fruits produced, domestic food needs of people etc. The integration of Agriculture, Horticulture and other connected departments will only help to achieve good results in the farming sector. If every farmer prefers the similar crop, they will get MSP. The farmer needs to be educated against this. They need to be a change in certain traditional habits of farmer and educate them on the advantages and disadvantages of every farmer preferring the similar crop”.
“It is unfortunate that the State was importing vegetables even products like Coriander leaves (kothimeera) and Cummin (Jeera). We should grow vegetable in the urban agglomeration by next rainy season, we get water from kaleshwaram project through which additional lands will come under cultivation”, he said.
KCR suggested that better results could be attained if farmers are brought under one big organised sector. To achieve this stage, the State needs to be divided into crop colonies, provide remunerative price and set up food processing units and manufacture branded unadulterated products in a synchronized manner.