Food Processing to Reduce Crop Wastage in India
Rapidly growing food processing sector in India can reduce crops wastage and help farmers to get right price for their produce.
Food processing sector provides immense business opportunities to the economies that are looking to invest in India, said food processing minister of India. Country aims to save crops from wastage. In case of over-production of crops, sometimes farmers are compelled to throw it if better prices are not offered. During over- production they can process it and keep it or come out with a product of their own. For instance, they can process tomatoes and pack it and sell later on.
According to Processed Food Market report published by Coherent Market Insights, Food which is altered using freezing, baking, and drying is called processed food. Processed food can increase the shelf life of crops reducing the food wastage. Crops such as onion can be processed and packed and sold later on. In this way, crops can be saved from getting wasted and farmers will get better prices for their produce. The minister further said this is also good from consumers point of view as processing of crops can check the price rise.
“The economy is growing rapidly anyone related with retail industry is welcome to invest in the sector. We are sanctioning funds so that if a farmer wants to set up a cold storage or process crop the person can do so. This way, he can get himself linked with market,” said Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of food processing India on September 7, 2017. To promote this industry the prime minister had approved Rs 6,000 crore central scheme ‘SAMPADA’. Under the scheme, the money will be used to create infrastructure, which will help in generating an investment of Rs 31,400 crore and is expected to benefit 20 lakh farmers and create about 5 lakh direct and indirect employment.
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