Staff Reporter

ERODE: There is good scope for food processing industries in Erode district and more than production the farmers have to process the raw materials and export it so that they may get attractive revenue, said the Collector, T. Udhaychandran, while participating in a seminar on Food Processing organised by the District Industries Centre at Kongu Arts and Science College on Wednesday.

"Food processing sector ranks fifth in terms of its contribution to India's GDP and employs 18 per cent of the country's industrial and labour force." Its presence in the total industrial output is 14 per cent. The sector had employed 7.5 million people. It is also a fact that for every Rs. 1,000 crore investment in the sector, direct employment is provided to 32,000 persons.

The Collector said that the India's share in global trade was less than 1 per cent. In the processed food sector, the country was in an advantageous position due to round-the-year supply of raw materials because of varied agro climatic conditions and trained and cheap manpower.

He said to boost the food processing sector, necessary cold storages need to be established, proper market for the produce should be evolved, contract farming system should be popularised and organic farming system should be followed.The General Manager of the Centre, C.K. Ponnusamy, presided over the seminar.