The State government has focussed its attention on harnessing the untapped potential in the food processing sector.
The emphasis will mainly be on promoting private sector investments with the government playing the role of a facilitator.
While private sector will be allowed to select locations of their choice for setting up ventures, the government will ensure speedy clearances/approvals in addition to providing the subsidy assured for the sector under the XII Plan.
“Private sector players will be at liberty to choose the location and deal with land acquisition related issues. We will provide assistance wherever required except for the working capital requirements of the units,” Industries secretary (food processing) Sabyasachi Ghosh said.
The Industries department, accordingly, embarked upon a comprehensive action plan for promoting food processing sector.
The areas that will be covered in the action plan include setting up of mega and mini food parks and enhancing market linkages and storage facilities for fruits and vegetables.
Major thrust would be on development of meat, poultry, marine and aqua industries, and the government would give the necessary infrastructure support for entrepreneurs venturing into the sector.
Blue print ready
Mr. Ghosh said the blue print for promotion of these sectors had been prepared and consultation with industry representatives and other stakeholders was underway for eliciting their suggestions on modifications/improvements if any.
“The process is likely to be completed in a month or two and the action plan will be put up for approval of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy,” Mr. Ghosh said.
Action plan includes setting up of food parks and enhancing market linkages and storage facilities for fruits and vegetables; major thrust will be on development of meat, poultry, marine
and aqua units