The State government is working towards making farmers stakeholders in the food processing industry in a bid to ensure inclusive growth, said agriculture secretary and agricultural production commissioner, Sandeep Saxena on Friday.

Inaugurating the 10 edition of the Indian Food Processing and Food Technology Fair, ‘Foodpro 2013’, a three-day event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), he said: “The government can act as a facilitator between growers and producers.”

Australia has a strategic plan for direct collaboration with Tamil Nadu in fishing, aquaculture, dairy farming and horticulture. Australia’s expertise in food processing and related technologies could provide the much-needed impetus in building India’s capability in the food processing sector, said Michael Carter, trade commissioner, Australian Trade Commission.

With over 150 exhibitors, Foodpro showcased state-of-the-art machinery and technology in food processing, refrigeration and cold chain equipment, processed and packaged foods and dairy equipment among other things. Besides, a conference on ‘Technologies for value-added food product development’ was held on Saturday.

The three-day event focused on the current trends in the food processing industry, showcased innovation through modern technology and provided a unique platform to network and explore new business opportunities in food and related sectors.

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