The Ministry of Food Processing Industry (MFPI) has been supporting a range of initiatives for the growth of food processing industry. However, the response to some of the schemes/programmes of MFPI has not been encouraging. MFPI therefore took thedecision to critically review its existing programmes so that they reflect changingeconomic realities. It was also realised that a paradigm shift is required in implementationof the various schemes to achieve the targets under the Vision 2015. MFPI constitutedfollowing five sub-groups on the various sub sectors of food processing industries
Sub-group on Meat, poultry, fisheries and dairy
Sub-group on Fruits and Vegetables, Wine and Beer
Sub-group on Infrastructure
Sub-group on Taxation and Finance
Sub-group on R&D, HRD, Labs and StandardsTwo rounds of meetings of the sub-groups were held during 25th-28th August and 13th-18th September. Based on discussions with stakeholders in sub-group meetings andconsultations with domain/ sectoral experts, a new Action Plan is being proposed for theEleventh Five Year Plan. While some of the schemes under Tenth Five Year Plan willcontinue, the effort has been to restructure them with appropriatemanagement/implementation arrangements in Public Private Partnership mode, withstrong Project Implementation capabilities and a decentralized approach. The newapproach is integrated and not only addresses issue of financial assistance but also issuesof Skill development, Entrepreneurship, Institutional Development etc. Further, it is to bea decentralized cluster based approach and also addresses issues like street food safety.The proposed programmes/Schemes are expected to make the Vision 2015 for theindustry a reality.
Shri P.I. Suvrathan
SecretaryMinistry of Food Processing IndustriesGovernment of India