Agribusiness

11th Five Year Plan allocates 250 Crore for food processing industry

HYDERABAD: Identifying the need for food safety and quality, the Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Government of India, has earmarked Rs 250 crore towards the sector under the 11th Five-Year Plan.

Deliberating in the oneday seminar on ‘Sensitizing Programme on Food Safety Systems,’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), K Rajeshwara Rao, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries said, “it is vital to sensitize masses about important aspects of protecting themselves against foodborne diseases.’’ Sharing details about a scheme implemented by the Central Government in assoication with CII, NGOs and municipal bodies to improve food safety in the streets, Rao said, “this scheme lays down standards, quality upgradation and capacity building of street food vendors in about 50 cities across the country through microfinance linkages.’’

“Safe farm produce could be unfit for human consumption during transportation, storage, packaging, food preparation in kitchens, if handled unhygienically,’’ said Utpal Sen Gupta, chairman, CII AP chapter and vice chairman, Agrotech Foods Limited.

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