The MOFPI is expected to release Rs. 2.5 crore for the council launch, says Kamat
A Goa State Task Force Committee on Food Processing Industry (GSTFC-FPI) set up by Goa Government to study food processing industry's potential in the State on Friday submitted its report to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat.
The report focuses on the theme of “sustainable wealth and employment generation through appropriate FPI”. The 24-member GSTFC-FPI appointed in December 2010, to give a boost to food processing industries in Goa, was headed by Nandkumar Kamat, Assistant Professor, Goa University.
The report envisages creation of 10,000 new, sustainable jobs in FPI sector over a period of four to 10 years and making Goa a global destination for FPI while giving boost to locally produced ethnic foods, beverages, packaged foods, health foods, and nutraceuticals to capture global market in such FMCG commodities.
The report has recommended formation of a Goa State Food Processing Development Council (GSFPDC) by the end of this year as suggested by Ministry of Food processing (MOFPI), Government of India under the National Food Processing Mission (NFSM).
The 600-page report in five volumes comprises Vision-2022 mission statement, State food processing policy, and an action plan. The GSTFC has recommended a 10-year roadmap (2012-22) to cover two five year Plans.
The report takes into consideration global and national trends in food security, value addition, production, marketing, and trade.
Schemes for FPI
The report is consistent with the Government of India's thrust areas and schemes for FPI, said Mr. Kamat and added that the MOFPI was expected to release Rs. 2.5 crore to launch (GSFPDC) after the State Government forwards the report of the task force.
In all, 14 subcommittees with 70 members contributed to the sectoral recommendations covering agro-horticultural, infrastructural, fisheries, dairy, poultry, meat, packaged foods, nutraceuticals, aerated drinks, and beverages, human resources development, research and development, cluster formation, co-operatives and other aspects.
Chief Minister said on Friday that the Government would place the report before the Cabinet and would study and follow the action plan to boost FPI sector in Goa to create employment and to promote wealth generation.