Odisha FoodPro 2022: Food Processing Sector To Drive State’s Growth Story, Says CM
Women SHGs To Partner In Modern Supply Chain
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday inaugurated Odisha FoodPro 2022, a unique interface of investors, manufacturers, producers, food processors, start-ups, policymakers, and organisations from across the Indian food ecosystem.
Joining the programme on a virtual platform, he called upon all to work together in making Odisha a favoured destination for investment in Food Processing Sector.
“One of the most important sectors which can become a powerful driver of the growth story of the state is the Food Processing sector. It has tremendous potential for reducing post-harvest crop loss, value addition and enhancing farmers’ income. Odisha is naturally blessed with vast geographic, climatic and crop diversity and presents a unique opportunity for exploring its potential for inclusive and exemplary economic growth,” he said.
The CM said that the event has been conceptualised not only to enable the investors to understand the investment environment in the food processing sector in the state but also to provide exposure to the micro and small food processing entrepreneurs to access financing as well as newer skills and technologies.
Announcing that Odisha Food-Pro will be made an annual event, he said that it will be organised by MSME Department each year so as to put Odisha on the Food Processing Map of India and the world.
Highlighting the contribution of the SHGs in the transformation of the socioeconomic canvas of the state, he further said that it will witness further escalation by making them partners in a modern supply chain. He expressed happiness over the participation of the Women SHGs in this event and hoped that they will engage themselves more in the food processing activities and will prosper further.
“For creating a conducive environment for the food producers and processors, the state government is implementing a favourable policy framework through Industrial Policy Resolution 2015, MSME policy 2016 and Odisha Food Processing Policy 2016. Odisha is also among the leading states in the implementation of the Prime Minister’s formalisation of micro food processing enterprises scheme,” he added.
Energy and MSME Minister Pratap Dev said that it’s a first of its kind in Odisha. He outlined the efforts of the department and growth opportunities in this sector, especially for small investors and entrepreneurs. Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra delineated the importance of the sector in economic augmentation of the farmers and producers.