State government and the department of Industry and Commerce is planning to have a separate Food Processing Industry policy in the state so as to tap the rich potential in the food processing industry in the state.
This was revealed by the parliamentary secretary for industry & commerce, Dr. K. C. Nihoshe who returned from New Delhi after attending a conference for state ministers of food processing industries held on October 6 at the Vigyan Bhavan. He led the delegation of officials from the state industry and commerce department to the programme which was organized by the union ministry of food processing.
Nihoshe said the state will prepare detail project report (DPR) for submission to the ministry for development of infrastructure for food processing in the state, once the separate Food Processing Industry policy was framed.
Representatives at the conference also stressed on the need to fully concentrate and develop food processing industries wherever there were potentialities in the state as well as at the national level.
Nihoshe said he projected the potentialities to develop food processing industries in the state and enlightened the conference on the rich potentialities of the state. He pointed out that all the 11 districts in the state have their own specialties in agriculture produces and cited the example of Mokokchung district being declared as the horticulture district. He named few districts producing different types of produces including Tuensang district that produced varieties of beans, kolar and maize, Zunheboto district producing varieties of soya beans, Dimapur district producing varieties of rice and vegetables, Phek district producing varieties of vegetables such as potatoes, cabbage and cauliflower and many other produces in other districts.
The parliamentary secretary said that agri-produces were available for local consumption but there was no infrastructure to store the surplus at the district level thereby causing wastage and hampering the economy of the farmers. He said all the participating states in the conference stressed the need for Cold Chain technological system for preservation of post harvest crops.
He also said the government would extent all possible help through various available schemes such as transport subsidy.